I know it's just a small number, but it's like any other pole. While over 50% seem to be unaffected by the suit ruling, which is cool... as of this morning, I see 37% that are going to change their involvement in Masters swimming because of it.In my opinion, any business would take a hard look at those numbers.
If it turns out that 1/3-of-the-swimmers want tech suits, why not allow them in Short Course Yards since FINA has nothing to do with that standard anyway?
Where would Masters level swimmers compete if not in Masters competitions? I'm not familiar with any alternatives. What do those who vote they will swim elsewhere have in mind?
There is going to be a weekend meet in Texas where suits will be allowed, there is the LMU event and open water events too. :-)
There are swimmers that are now using the speed suits in training. Theories abound as to the benefits of using a B70 or similar suit in training. Training in the techie suit was not a good idea in the past, mostly because they were not durable for everyday use and they were special, to be used only for important meets where everyone else was wearing similar swimwear. I don't have figures, but it is a fact here in Pacific Masters Swimming, the number of fitness/non competitive masters has always been greater than the masters who compete.
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