Speedo Statement about 2010 FINA Swimsuit Ruling

28 07 2009

July 28 2009

Statement pertaining to FINA announcement regarding new rules and regulations for swimwear approval from 2010

The reputation and ongoing success of the sport of swimming is of paramount importance to Speedo. The recent introduction of 100% non-permeable buoyant wetsuits and their impact on performance has cast a shadow over the sport. This has put swimmers in a very compromising position, leading to FINA’s decision today to ban the use of non-permeable fabrics in performance swimsuits from 2010.

As the world’s leading swimwear brand, which has been responsible for every major legal innovation in swimming for 80 years, we support FINA’s role in setting and managing the rules for the sport of swimming. Their decision today is not unexpected as a means of calling a halt to the confusion and controversy that has been created as a result of the introduction by some manufacturers of fully non-permeable buoyant wetsuits for the 13th FINA World Championships, 2009.

Speedo has never sought to compromise the integrity of the sport and has never created a buoyant suit. The Speedo LZR Racer suit was developed after years of intensive research and development in consultation with swimmers, coaches and experts and was fully approved by FINA. The Speedo LZR Racer suit was deliberately designed with 50% exclusive LZR Pulse woven fabric so as to avoid aiding buoyancy in the water.

Speedo believes a return to textile only body suits as per the Melbourne World Championships 2007 would have dealt with the issue. Despite today’s decision to return to jammers for men and open back knee-skin suits for women, Speedo will continue to work with the world’s leading athletes, coaches and experts to develop the most innovative swimwear and equipment. As a forward thinking company, Speedo remains committed to growing the sport of swimming at every level.

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Optical Goggles

8 07 2009

Everyone knows that swimming with blurred vision is no fun and can be hazardous.  Bouncing from lane rope to lane rope isn’t the way any of us want to spend our time in the water.  If you wear glasses or contacts now is the time to give optical goggles a try.  Both Speedo and TYR offer great optical goggle options that also feature UV protection and Anti-Fog coating.

TYR Corrective Optical Goggle

TYR Corrective Optical Goggle

The Speedo Vanquisher Optical goggles and Speedo Jr. Vanquisher Optical goggles come in corrective diopters from -1.5 to -8.0.  These are available in both smoke and clear colors for both indoor and outdoor use.  Speedo Vanquisher Optical goggles are a great choice if you like a close fitting goggle that fits right in your eye socket.

TYR Corrective Optical goggles feature optical grade corrective diopters from -2.0 to -8.0.  TYR’s option is better if you prefer a more wide angle goggle that fits more around the eye rather than right in the eye socket.  TYR Optical goggles are also available in both smoke and clear colors.





US Masters Statement about Swimsuits

16 06 2009

NOTICE TO ALL U. S. MASTERS SWIMMING MEMBERS

June 1, 2009

The following U.S. Masters Swimming’s official interpretation of Swimwear rule 102.14 was published March 26, 2009. These USMS interpretations have not changed and will remain in place until further notice. While USA Swimming chose to modify their rules, U.S. Masters Swimming has chosen to maintain its rules and interpretation until FINA has completed its processes and informed us of its interpretation as it applies to Masters Swimming. While our policy remains unchanged during this interim period, there is new information in the questions and answers following the interpretations.

 #1. USMS SWIMWEAR INTERPRETATION

FINA approval or rejection of new swimsuits introduced after September 30, 2007, will be accepted by U.S. Masters Swimming for USMS sanctioned and recognized competition.

 The following interpretation regarding the use of two suits during competition was also published March 26, 2009.

 #2. USMS SWIMWEAR INTERPRETATION

For purposes of Article 102.14 of U.S. Masters Swimming Rules of Competition, Swimwear, the use of more than one swimsuit at a time during any USMS sanctioned or recognized competition is prohibited.

 QUESTIONS & ANSWERS:

1. Question: Can I wear a regular racing suit that is not a body suit?

Answer: Yes, suits introduced prior to September 30, 2007, are legal for U.S.M.S. competition.

2. Question: Can I still wear my LZR or TYR Tracer at meets including long course meters meets?

Answer: Yes, because at least some of the LZR and the TYR Tracer models are on the new list of FINA-approved suits that was published May 19, 2009, and none of these suits are on the not-approved list. All LZR and TYR suits are legal at least until the retesting is completed. (We have not seen the official list of suits being retested, so we don’t know if there are models of these suits included.)

3. Question: Why don’t I see the new suit I bought on the new list of FINA-approved suits?

Answer: There are 136 suits that are currently being retested by FINA. The target date for those results is June 19, 2009. The suits are being retested under the new system for buoyancy (no more than 1 Newton), material (no thicker than 1 mm), and construction (no trapping of air), just to mention a few criteria. At the point of publication of those results, the USMS Rules Committee will consider those test results.

4. Question: How will this impact Masters competitors?

Answer: That suit you bought after September 30, 2007, is legal at this moment, but it could be reconsidered by the USMS Rules Committee after the next FINA-approved swimsuit list is published. Regardless of the upcoming new list, that old Fastskin or similar suit that you have will be legal since it was introduced prior to September 30, 2007.

5. Question: My coach is forcing me to swim the 1650 Free as a training swim. Can I wear a drag suit over my jammers?

Answer: No. Although wearing an extra drag suit may not be perceived as having an advantage, the interpretation is that only one swimsuit is permitted.

6. Question: Does “one suit for competition” mean I can only wear one suit for the whole meet?

Answer: No. You can change suits during the meet, but you can only wear one suit at a time. This restriction applies only to the actual races (competition). You can wear more than one suit during warm-up and warm-down. This restriction applies to all types, makes, and models of swim suits, but it is not intended to apply to athletic supporters or modesty type wear (a single pair of “briefs” or “bikini bottoms or top” or a sports bra worn to ensure modesty and privacy).

 Kathy Casey, Chair

U.S. Masters Swimming Rules Committee





Aquatic Fitness Belts

10 06 2009

In the heat of the summer water aerobics can be a great way to both escape the heat and get a great workout.  Such a workout provides the same benefits as aerobics done on land without putting unnecessary stress on the body.  If you decide to move your workout to the water your joints will thank you.

Speedo Aquatic Jog Belt

Speedo Aquatic Jog Belt

For most water aerobic programs the first step is selecting an Aquatic Fitness Belt that is right for you.  Speedo’s Aquatic Jog Belt is ideal for deep water aerobic workouts.  This jog belt uses soft, flexible foam to provide flotation support in deep water, and also gives additional back support.  The jog belt fits a wide range of waist sizes up to 48 inches.

Another great deep water option is the Speedo Hydro Resistant Jog Belt.  This belt is molded from soft neoprene foam for additional comfort.

Speedo Aquatic Fitness Belt

Speedo Aquatic Fitness Belt

Speedo’s Aquatic Fitness Belt offers more versatility than it’s deep water companions.  The Aquatic Fitness Belt comes with removable blocks for adjustable flotation.  This makes the belt great for both deep and shallow water aerobics.  Whether you are new to water aerobics or a seasoned vet the Aquatic Fitness Belt will give you the support you need in the water.





Women’s Lifeguard Shorts

10 06 2009

Comfort and versatility are very important to a good lifeguard wardrobe.  One accessory that no female guard should go without is a good pair of guard shorts.  Such shorts provide a quick and easy cover for your lifeguard suit.

Speedo’s Lifeguard Roll Waist Shorts are a perfect cover-up while on the job or for just hanging out.  These shorts feature the casual and trendy roll waist design and are 100% cotton.  The “Lifeguard” text on the back of the short reinforces your presence on the pool deck.  Available in a variety of colors including red and navy.

Speedo Lifeguard Roll Waist Short

Speedo Lifeguard Roll Waist Short





New Speedo Swimsuit for 2010 Released

9 06 2009
Speedo Cyber Swirl Swimsuit

Speedo Cyber Swirl Swimsuit

Speedo has just released a brand new suit from their 2010 Spring line. It is the Speedo Cyber Swirl swimsuit. This lycra print is made of the new Xtra Life Lycra material that is designed to fit like new for a longer amount of time. The Speedo Cyber Swirl is available in a female flyback swim suit, a male spliced jammer and a male brief swimsuit. The Cyber Swirl is a great option for swim teams since it will be available through the summer of 2011 and it comes in five different colors. You can order your new Speedo swimsuit today from D&J Sports Swim Shop.





Speedo Mirrored Goggles

27 05 2009

Speedo Women's Vanquisher Swim Goggles

In the summertime it is important to take advantage of the clear skies and sunny weather.  As you transition your swimming to an outdoor pool don’t forget to protect your eyes.  Speedo makes a variety of mirrored lens goggles that are ideal for swimming in the sun.  Mirrored lenses offer enhanced UV protection on top of the many other benefits that swimming goggles provide.

Speedo Jr. Hydrospex Mirrored are a great option for kids.  These goggles are some of the most comfortable on the market and feature the speed clip fit for easy use.  With mirrored lenses kids can play in the pool as long as they want.  Just don’t forget to have them reapply the sunscreen.

There are several mirrored lens options available for adults.  These include the Speedo Vanquisher 2.0 Plus and the Speedo Women’s Vanquisher.  Both the Vanquisher 2.0 Plus and Women’s Vanquisher’s are available in multiple mirrored colors.








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