USA Swimming is a de facto governing body monopoly. They own the sport and they own the elite athletes therein. They tell these athletes where to be (enforced charity events if you want your full pay) and what they can or can't say in front of a camera.
Worst of all they subsidize their trafficking of elite swimmers by raising an incomprehensible amount of money off the backs those families with 12-year-old little girls and boys who have no chance, or in most cases, a desire to be an Olympian.
Yeah, that's my premise, accept it or get over it.
So why no NCAA coverage? — Here it comes... ready?—There was no NCAA coverage because the NCAA is a better governing body than USA Swimming and subsequently should take complete control over the sport of swimming. The NCAA for the most part services adults, and though not perfect, they have fewer abusive coaches, far fewer rapes, they don't have a secretive insurance company sequestered in the Caymans, (like USA Swimming did) and far less money grubbing.
The NCAA should be the sports governing body, period. The NCAA could offer scholarships to young kids at nationals, be more race inclusive and be far more benevolent than USA Swimming ever has.
Remember when USA Swimming hired lobbyist to protect the Catholic church and themselves form pedophile lawsuits. Yeah, that's why the NCAA should select Olympians.
Monday, March 28, 2016
Monday, March 21, 2016
Full body techsuits are making their way into other aquatic sports leaving traditional competition wear behind
Though FINA disqualified techsuits from swim competitions the technology is finding it's way into several aquatic sports at large. Slip Ins is a swimwear company that has taken the techsuit and adapted to to surfing, paddle boarding, pool swimming and yoga.
When I was racing in a TYR Tracer Light techsuit the material composition was 70/30 Nylon-Lycra, Slipins are 82/18 suggesting they may even be more hydrophobic and faster than the TYR Tracer Light was....
God, I miss that suit. It's a shame that FINA is not as evolved as the marketplace and refuses to acknowledge that techsuits provide protection, speed and comfort.
Slip Ins are amazingly affordable when you compare what we were paying for techsuits. I was spending between $250 and $500 each (I use to wear Blueseventy and TYR Tracers) but prices for Slip Ins sell for: $75 -$150.
I encourage masters swimmers with sensitive skin who swim outdoors at the beach or the pool to consider wearing Slip Ins. Same goes for winter evenings so as to stay warm.
From the Slip Ins press release:
"...Slip Ins were born in the heart of the surfing and exercise mecca of Southern California. and make you feel beautiful and fabulous when joining in life’s adventures.Wake-up FINA and embrace speed, comfort and cancer prevention.
Choose from many brightly colored, sensuously soft styles designed for active, fun lifestyles. Full- and short-size SurfSkins, DiveSkins and SurfSkin Minis are the best body-fitting suits for getting in and out of wetsuits easier whether surfing, paddle boarding or scuba diving. SlipIns can also be worn on their own.
Slip into the soft, silky SAND PANT for heading out into a warm, gentle summer night. The palazzo-style pants flow beautifully around the legs without wrinkling and are very comfortable for heading out sightseeing, relaxing poolside, dining and dancing the night away, or even falling sleep in them!
Slip Ins feel luxurious and come with lots of benefits [most notably] "...Protects against sun-baking with a 60+ SPF rating ..."