The headline at SwimSwam read: "FORMER USC SWIMMER CLEARS WR IN UNDERWATER 50 METER SWIM"
Jordie Proffitt, a former college swimmer who swam two years at Alabama before transferring to USC in 2003, has broken the World Record for a 50-meter swim underwater in a 25 meter course, according to the Henderson, Kentucky newspaper the Gleaner.
We are still waiting for an autopsy report on Louis Lowenthal's tragic death at an NBAC practice and today I find out that Guinness has a world record for a 50-meter under water swim. Some like myself have suggested Lowenthal's death may have been due to a hypoxic training set and now a hypoxic stunt is worthy world record.
The majority of people that are competitive swimmers are 18-years-old and way younger. Even FINA was bright enough to make a 15-meter underwater rule to avoid senseless tragedies that could ensue during a race. (Was it David Berkoff that brought us this style of swimming?)
I suggest that FINA should aggressively encourage Guinness to remove this event record from their books and any attempts to break it should receive no acknowledgement whatsoever.
[UPDATE - I suggest SwimSwam avoid coverage of events like this well.]