Speedo Racing Swimsuit Trends

17 01 2012

Speedo racing swimsuit trends dictate what other brands will turn out each season. The 2012 Olympics means plenty of new trends for competitive racing

Speedo Fastskin3 Kneeskin

Speedo Racing Swimsuit

swimsuits. Olympic swimmers know that fit matters most when it comes to finding the right swimsuit for a major competition. Finding the right fit means designating certain suits for different purposes.

1. Find the right fit for practice means looser fits. Relaxed and slightly loose swimwear is comfortable for practice. Speedo has special elastic in their swimsuits to prevent constriction, even with a more fitted swimsuit. The leg openings on a practice swimsuit should be slightly roomy, but still sit flush to the skin. Not every swimmer wants them as tight as the leg openings on competitive swimwear. For the 2012 Olympics and any major competitive swim meet, you’ll notice tight leg openings and nylon fabrics for swimwear.

2. Olympic swimmers are picky about their fabrics for swimsuits. You’ll notice many aerodynamic suits at the 2012 Olympics and for good reason. These thin, fitted suits sit like a second skin on a swimmer’s body, making it easy to swim fast and move freely under water. Olympic swimmers know that a suit’s fit and fabric can help or hinder their performance. One popular trend is for Olympic swimmers to wear full body suits. These are often more expensive than other swimsuits, but are well worth the money since they are ideal for competitive swimming. Innovative fabrics and techniques are implemented for these full body suits. Full body suits should be very snug, but never too tight or cut off circulation. These full body suits may not affect your performance while practicing, but the aerodynamic fabric will potentially help shave seconds off competitive meets.

3. Be careful with swimsuit straps. The vast majority of swimsuits do not have straps. Swimsuit straps slow down competitive swimmers, so straps are usually an extension of the torso portion of the suit. Competitive swimmers don’t need tie-style straps holding them down. Make sure armholes are wide enough to be comfortable, but never with excess or puckering fabric in any area.

4. Be sure there’s adequate coverage in the back. Like with armholes, there shouldn’t be any tugging or puckering in the bottom area for women or men. If the style doesn’t seem to work with your shape, try a different style versus changing sizes in the exact same suit. You’ll notice that Olympic swimmers wear different styles of swimsuits and this is because they choose what works for their bodies while staying within the competition’s swimwear guidelines.

Check out a Speedo racing swimsuit the next time you’re looking for a new suit. You’ll notice Speedo is a brand favored by Olympic athletes and competitive swimmers around the globe.





Is my swimsuit legal?

23 01 2010

We have been getting a lot of questions about legal swimsuits, such as: Is my swimsuit legal? Is my swimsuit legal for high school? Is my swimsuit legal for USA Swimming? I don’t see my swimsuit on the approved list of swimsuits?

Well hopefully the following updated list of FINA approved swimsuits will help answer your questions. All of the racing swimsuits on this list are approved for high school swimming, USA Swimming, YMCA swim meets, and college meets. But as last year showed us you might want to check with the governing body or with the swim meet refs to see if they have any further restrictions on swimsuits.

FINA 2010 List of Approved Swimsuits
Brand

Akron

Suit Name

Diamond

Style Number

117 WELS

Suit Styling

classic

Gender

women

Akron Diamond 124 SWIMFAST pants-short men
Akron Diamond 120 SWEEPY full-knee women
Akron Diamond 115 WAVE classic men
Aquazone Q-GOLD QGOLD-FTOB classic women
Aquazone Q-GOLD QGOLD-FTOBS classic women
Aquazone Q-GOLD QGOLD-FKSOB open back full-knee women
Aquazone Q-GOLD QGOLD-FKSOB closed back full-knee women
Aquazone Q-GOLD QGOLD-FKSOBS open back full-knee women
Aquazone Q-GOLD QGOLD-MJ pants-short men
Aquazone Q-GOLD QGOLD-MJS pants-short men
Aquazone R-1   pants-short men
Aquazone R-1   classic women
Aquazone R-1   full-knee women
Aquazone R3 R3-FTOB classic women
Aquazone R3 R3-FKSOB full-knee women
Aquazone R3 R3-MJ pants-short men
Arena Italia S.p.A. Powerskin Version A classic men
Arena Italia S.p.A. Powerskin Version A classic women
Arena Italia S.p.A. Powerskin Version A pants-short men
Arena Italia S.p.A. Powerskin Version A full-knee women
Arena Italia S.p.A. Powerskin Version A full-knee women
Arena Italia S.p.A. Powerskin Version B pants-short men
Arena Italia S.p.A. Powerskin R-Evolution   pants-short men
Arena Italia S.p.A. Powerskin R-Evolution   full-knee women
Arena Italia S.p.A. Powerskin R-Evolution   classic women
Arena Italia S.p.A. X-Flat   classic men
Arena Italia S.p.A. X-Flat   pants-short men
Arena Italia S.p.A. X-Flat   classic women
Arena Italia S.p.A. X-Flat   full-knee women
Asics Swim Wear 2010 TI10011 full-knee women
Asics Swim Wear 2010 TI10021 classic women
Asics Swim Wear 2010 TI10031 pants-short men
Asics Swim Wear 2010 TI10131 full-knee women
Asics Swim Wear 2010 TI10141 classic women
Asics Swim Wear 2010 TI10151 pants-short men
Asics Swim Wear I ALS344 classic women
Asics Swim Wear I ALS345 full-knee women
Asics Swim Wear I AMA344 classic men
Asics Swim Wear I AMA345 pants-short men
Asics Swim Wear I ALS423 classic women
Asics Swim Wear I ALS424 full-knee women
Asics Swim Wear I AMA423 classic men
Asics Swim Wear I AMA424 pants-short men
Asics Swim Wear I ALS425 classic women
Asics Swim Wear I ALS426 full-knee women
Asics Swim Wear I AMA425 pants-short men
Asics Swim Wear I AMA426 pants-short men
Asics Swim Wear I ALS417 classic women
Asics Swim Wear I ALS418 full-knee women
Asics Swim Wear I AMA417 classic men
Asics Swim Wear I AMA418 pants-short men
Asics Swim Wear I ALS03S classic women
Asics Swim Wear I ALS15S full-knee women
Asics Swim Wear I AMA03S classic men
Asics Swim Wear I AMA15S pants-short men
Blueseventy Nero TX Jammer   pants-short men
Blueseventy Nero TX Kneeskin   full-knee women
Blueseventy Nero TX Racer   classic women
Descente Aile bleue ARN-6009M classic men
Descente Aquaforce 1 FAR-9508MN pants-short men
Descente Aquaforce 2 FAR-9508MS pants-short men
Descente Aquaforcee 1 FAR-9502WN full-knee women
Descente nux-F  1 ARN-6012WN classic women
Descente nux-F 1 ARN-6015N classic men
Descente nux-F 1 ARN-6014N pants-short men
Descente nux-F 1 ARN-6011WN full-knee women
Descente nux-F 2 OAR-0539N classic men
Descente nux-F 2 OAR -0534WN classic women
Descente nux-W 1 FAR-9529MN classic men
Descente nux-W 1 FAR-9528MN pants-short men
Descente nux-W 1 FAR-9524WH classic women
Descente nux-W 1 FAR-9522WN full-knee women
Descente nux-W 2 OAR-0529MN classic men
Descente nux-W 2 OAR-0524WHN classic women
Descente Shin_rev ARN-8509M classic men
Descente Shin_rev ARN-8504W classic women
Descente Shin_rev 1 ARN-8508MN pants-short men
Descente Shin_rev 1 ARN-8502WN full-knee women
Descente   OAR-0528M pants-short men
Descente   OAR-0522W full-knee women
Descente AQUAFORCE KRBR10-62W full-knee open back women
Descente AQUAFORCE KRBR10-63W full-knee close back women
Descente AQUAFORCE KRBR10-64W classic women
Descente AQUAFORCE KRBR10-65M pants-short men
Descente AQUAFORCE KRBR10-66M classic men
Descente AQUAFORCE KRBR10-52W full-knee open back women
Descente AQUAFORCE KRBR10-53W full-knee close back women
Descente AQUAFORCE KRBR10-54W classic women
Descente AQUAFORCE KRBR10-55M pants-short men
Descente AQUAFORCE KRBR10-56M classic men
Descente New Collection PARN10F-13 pants-short men
Descente New Collection PARN10F-68 pants-short men
Descente New Collection PARN10F-65 classic men
Descente New Collection PARN10F-70 classic men
Descente New Collection PARN10F-13T pants-short men
Descente shin_rev PARN10F-71 full-knee women
Descente shin_rev PARN10F-66 classic women
Descente shin_rev PARN10F-72 pants-short men
Descente shin_rev PARN10F-73 classic men
Diana Subamarine 213W full-knee women
Diana Submarine 201M pants-short men
Diana Submarine 243W full-knee women
Diana SUBMARINE 302M classic men
Diana SUBMARINE 306W classic women
Engine Wingskin   pants-short men
Engine Wingskin   full-knee women
NSA EURAS NSA WK-Short   pants-short men
NSA EURAS NSA WK-Suit   full-knee women
ZAOSU EURAS ZAOSU WK-Short   pants-short men
ZAOSU EURAS ZAOSU WK-Suit   full-knee women
Finis Inc. Hydrospeed 2 Brief classic men
Finis Inc. Hydrospeed 2 Bladeback classic women
Finis Inc. Hydrospeed 2 Race John full-knee women
Finis Inc. Hydrospeed 2 Jammer pants-short men
Jaked J09 SOFT full-knee women
Jaked J11 WATER ZERO full-knee women
Japana BRS-TX.tig TR-3S11000SS pants-short men
Japana BRS-TX.tig TR-3S21000SS full-knee women
Japana Jet Swim.tig TR-3S11020SS pants-short men
Japana Jet Swim.tig TR-3S11030SS pants-short men
Japana Jet Swim.tig TR-3S21020SS full-knee women
Japana Top Body.tig TR-3S11010SS (A) pants-short men
Japana Top Body.tig TR-3S21010SS (A) full-knee women
Japana Top Body.tig TR-3S11010SS (B) – D pants-short men
Japana Top Body.tig TR-3S11010SS (B) – D2 pants-short men
Japana Top Body.tig TR-3S21010SS (B) – F full-knee women
Japana Top Body.tig TR-3S21010SS (B) – F2 full-knee women
Lane 4 Blue Spider   pants-short men
Lane 4 Night Spider   classic women
Lane 4 Pink Spider   pants-short men
Lane 4 Spider in Mission   classic women
Lane 4 Spider in Mission   full-knee women
Mad Wave Bodyshell    full-knee women
Maru MX1 FS3587 classic women
Maru MX1 FS3588 full-knee women
Maru MX1 MS3589 pants-short men
Miyata Corp. Aqua Wing MYT-2010-M pants-short men
Miyata Corp. Aqua Wing MYT-2010-W full-knee women
Mizuno Corporation Accel Suits 3 pants-short men
Mizuno Corporation Accel Suits 2 classic women
Mizuno Corporation Accel Suits 1 full-knee women
Mizuno Corporation Mighty Line 4 classic men
Mizuno Corporation Mighty Line 3 pants-short men
Mizuno Corporation Mighty Line 2 classic women
Mizuno Corporation Mighty Line 1 full-knee women
Mizuno Corporation ML   classic women
Mizuno Corporation ML   classic men
Mizuno Corporation ML   full-knee women
Mizuno Corporation ML   pants-short men
Mizuno Corporation MX   pants-short men
Mizuno Corporation MX   full-knee women
Mizuno Corporation MX-01   classic women
Mizuno Corporation MX-01   pants-short men
Mizuno Corporation MX-01   full-knee women
Mizuno Corporation RX A pants-short men
Mizuno Corporation RX A(L) pants-short men
Mizuno Corporation RX A(T) pants-short men
Mizuno Corporation RX B full-knee women
Mizuno Corporation RX B(L) full-knee women
Mizuno Corporation RX B(T) full-knee women
Mizuno Corporation Sunny Swim 4 pants-short men
Mizuno Corporation Sunny Swim 3 classic women
Mizuno Corporation Sunny Swim 2 full-knee women
Mizuno Corporation Sunny Swim 1 full-knee women
Mizuno Corporation Sunny Swim   classic women
Mizuno Corporation Sunny Swim   classic men
Mizuno Corporation Water Gene 3 pants-short men
Mizuno Corporation Water Gene 2 classic women
Mizuno Corporation Water Gene 1 full-knee women
Modeta Style AXIS 1310   full-knee women
Mosconi Titanium TRIGGER pants-short men
Mosconi Titanium TRIGGER BLACK pants-short men
Mosconi Titanium SCALE BLACK classic women
Mosconi Titanium GEEP BLACK full-knee women
Nike Hydra N74190 classic women
Nike Hydra N74204 full-knee women
Nike Hydra N76002 classic men
Nike Hydra TCSS0090 classic women
Nike Hydra – Jammer N76000 pants-short men
Nike Hydra II – brief TCSS0096 classic men
Nike Hydra II – jammer TCSS0097 pants-short men
Nike Hydra II – knee suit TCSS0099 full-knee women
Nike Hydra II S TCSS0086 classic women
Nike Hydra S TCSS0088 classic women
Nike Swift II TCSS0094 classic women
Nike Swift II TCSS0095 full-knee women
Nike Swift II – brief TCSS0092 classic men
Nike Swift II -Jammer TCSS0093 pants-short men
Nike Swift II S TCSS0084 classic women
Rocket Science Sports Rocket Light   classic women
Rocket Science Sports Rocket Light SM-001-LIGHT pants-short men
Rocket Science Sports Rocket Light K SW-001-LIGHT-K full-knee women
Rocket Science Sports Rocket Orbit SM-002-ORBIT pants-short men
Rocket Science Sports Rocket Orbit SW-002-ORBIT classic women
Speedo AQUABLADE Record Breaker (Non-lined version) classic women
Speedo AQUABLADE Record Breaker Kneeskin full-knee women
Speedo AQUABLADE Hydroshort (Non-lined version) pants-short men
Speedo Fastskin Record Breaker Kneeskin full-knee women
Speedo Fastskin Jammer pants-short men
Speedo Fastskin FS II Record Breaker Kneeskin full-knee women
Speedo Fastskin FS II Jammer pants-short men
Speedo Fastskin XT Brief classic men
Speedo Fastskin XT Jammer pants-short men
Speedo Fastskin XT Record Breaker Kneeskin full-knee women
Speedo FSPro (USA Version) Jammer pants-short men
Speedo FSPro (USA Version) Record Breaker classic women
Speedo FSPro (USA Version) Record Breaker Kneeskin full-knee women
Speedo FSPro (Japanese Version) Record Breaker classic women
Speedo FSPro (Japanese Version) Jammer pants-short men
Speedo Japanese Fastskin XT (M3) Jammer pants-short men
Speedo Japanese Fastskin XT (M5) Brief classic men
Speedo Japanese Fastskin XT (M6) Aquashort pants-short men
Speedo Japanese Fastskin XT (W13) Record Breaker Knee full-knee women
Speedo Japanese Fastskin XT (W9) Record Breaker classic women
Speedo Japanese Fastskin XT (W11) Record Breaker classic women
Speedo Japanese Fastskin XT Hybrid (M2) Jammer pants-short men
Speedo Japanese Fastskin XT Hybrid (W3) Record Breaker classic women
Speedo Japanese Fastskin XT Hybrid (W4) Record Breaker Knee full-knee women
Speedo Japanese Fastskin XT II (W5) Record Breaker Knee full-knee women
Speedo Japanese Fastskin XT II (W7) Record Breaker Knee full-knee women
Speedo Japanese Fastskin XT II (W8) Record Breaker Knee full-knee women
Speedo Japanese Fastskin XT W (M4) Jammer pants-short men
Speedo Japanese Fastskin XT W (W14) Record Breaker Knee full-knee women
Speedo Japanese Fastskin XT W (W10) Record Breaker classic women
Speedo Japanese Fastskin XT W (W12) Record Breaker classic women
Speedo Japanese Fastskin XT W II (W6) Record Breaker Knee full-knee women
Speedo LZR Racer Pro (Japanese Version) Jammer pants-short men
Speedo LZR Racer Pro (Japanese Version) Record Breaker Knee full-knee women
Speedo LZR Racer Pro (Japanese Version) Record Breaker  classic women
Speedo LZR Racer Comp Jammer pants-short men
Speedo LZR Racer Comp Record Breaker  classic women
Speedo LZR Racer Comp Record Breaker Kneeskin full-knee women
Speedo LZR Racer Pro Jammer pants-short men
Speedo LZR Racer Pro Record Breaker classic women
Speedo LZR Racer Pro Record Breaker Kneeskin full-knee women
Speedo LZR Racer Elite Jammer pants-short men
Speedo LZR Racer Elite Record Breaker classic women
Speedo LZR Racer Elite Record Breaker Kneeskin full-knee women
Sports Hig   KOZ-011 pants-short men
Sports Hig   KOZ-018 classic women
Sports Hig   KOZ-016 full-knee women
Sports Hig   KOZ-021A pants-short men
Sports Hig   KOZ-021N pants-short men
Sports Hig   KOZ-028A classic women
Sports Hig   KOZ-028N classic women
Sports Hig   KOZ-026A full-knee women
Sports Hig   KOZ-026N full-knee women
Sports Hig   KOZ-051A pants-short men
Sports Hig   KOZ-051N pants-short men
Sports Hig   KOZ-058A classic women
Sports Hig   KOZ-058N classic women
Sports Hig   KOZ-056A full-knee women
Sports Hig   KOZ-056N full-knee women
Sports Hig   KOZ-041M pants-short men
Sports Hig   KOZ-048M classic women
Sports Hig   KOZ-046M full-knee women
Sports Hig   KOZ-801 pants-short men
Sports Hig   KOZ-803 classic women
Sports Hig   KOZ-804 full-knee women
Turbo Ultimate Power 77215 pants-short men
Tyr Sports Inc. FUSION   pants-short men
Tyr Sports Inc. FUSION   classic men
Tyr Sports Inc. FUSION   classic women
Tyr Sports Inc. FUSION   full-knee women
Tyr Sports Inc. Tracer Light Racer C Series classic men
Tyr Sports Inc. Tracer Light Racer classic men
Tyr Sports Inc. Tracer Light Titan Racer C Series classic men
Tyr Sports Inc. Tracer Light Straight Racer classic men
Tyr Sports Inc. Tracer Light Straight Racer C Series classic men
Tyr Sports Inc. Tracer Light Titan Racer classic men
Tyr Sports Inc. Tracer Light Aeroback C Series classic Women
Tyr Sports Inc. Tracer Light Aeroback  SII classic women
Tyr Sports Inc. Tracer Light Openback classic women
Tyr Sports Inc. Tracer Light Openback C Series classic women
Tyr Sports Inc. Tracer Light Aeroback classic women
Tyr Sports Inc. Tracer Light Aeroback  SII C Series full-knee women
Tyr Sports Inc. Tracer Light   pants-short men
Tyr Sports Inc. Tracer Light   full-knee women
Tyr Sports Inc. Tracer Light B-Series   pants-short men
Tyr Sports Inc. Tracer Light B-Series   full-knee women
Tyr Sports Inc. Tracer Light B-Series   classic men
Tyr Sports Inc. Tracer Light B-Series   classic women
Tyr Sports Inc. Tracer Light C-Series   full-knee women
Tyr Sports Inc. Tracer Light C-Series   pants-short men
Tyr Sports Inc. Tracer Light X-Series   classic men
Tyr Sports Inc. Tracer Light X-Series   classic women
Way Funky FT34M   pants-short men
Yingfa   912 classic women
Yingfa   921 classic women
Yingfa   925 full-knee women
Yingfa   929 classic women
Yingfa   937 full-knee women
Yingfa   955 classic women
Yingfa   982 classic women
Yingfa   983 classic women
Yingfa   9102 pants-short men
Yingfa   9205 pants-short men
Yingfa   9402 pants-short men




USA Swimming Allowable Suit Reference List

6 10 2009

USA Swimming Rule 102.9, regarding suits allowed in USA swimming sanctioned events, went into effect on October 1st, 2009.  The following is a statement by USA Swimming outlining what suits are currently allowed to be used in competition.  These suits should not be considered “FINA approved” until FINA releases its own 2010 approved suit list.

USA Swimming statement released 10/5/2009:

The USA Swimming House of Delegates, consisting of 438 coach, official and athlete members, voted to implement new swimsuit requirements, beginning on October 1. While this earlier implementation date has created some challenges, it was put in place to both avoid interrupting our short course season and protect the integrity of our competitions in the summer of 2010. 

The new swimsuit requirements are very specific and technical in nature, but deal primarily with silhouette and material of the suits.

FINA will be the ultimate judge of which materials will be acceptable. However, in an effort to provide clearer guidance to its membership, USA Swimming asked the major suit manufacturers, in good faith, to indicate which of their suits meet the specified criteria. The list of those suits is below.

Please note, none of these suits should be considered “FINA approved” until FINA issues its list of 2010 suits.Once FINA publishes its list, some of the suits below may no longer be acceptable.

Reference List for Allowable Swimsuits

ARENA
ARENA X-FLAT
a) Woman full body short leg open back
b) Woman Normal Suit (Classic)
c) Man Jammer
d) Man Brief

ARENA POWERSKIN
a) Woman full body short leg open
b) Woman Normal Suit (Classic)
c) Man Jammer

ARENA POWERSKIN R-EVOLUTION
a) Woman full body short leg open back
b) Man Jammer

AgonSwim.com
The following styles from Agonswim.com in the fabrics Paper, Streamline, Lycra, MaxResist, PolyRidge, Speedline, Duramax, Knit Polyester, PBT and Mesh meet the requirements.

Male styles
Brief
Brief Euro
Jammer
Splice Jammer
Training suit
Training suit euro

Female styles
Freeback
Freeback Youth
Knee Length Proback
Proback
Sprintback
ThinStraps
Thin Straps Youth
ThinStraps 1X
Thin Straps 2X
U-Back
BikiniBack Top
BikiniBack Bottom

BlueSeventy
Will provide a list when it is available

Diana

The below Diana suit models have received FINA approval
Diana Submarine 201M pants-short men
Diana Submarine 213W full-knee Women 
Diana Submarine 243W full-knee women

Dolfin
All suits in the Dolfin LTF series

Finis
HydroSpeed 2 Models (nylon/lycra material):
o    Female Bladeback
o    Female Race John
o    Male Brief
o    Male Jammer

HydroSpeed Models (nylon/lycra material):
o    Female Race John
o    Male Brief
o    Male Jammer

AquaTuff Polyester Models (polyester material):
o    Female Skinback
o    Female Bladeback
o    Male Brief
o    Male Jammer

NIKE SWIM
Will provide a list of approved suits once finalized from FINA

RocketScience Sports
Part Number     Name                            

SW-000-FU-O     FU RACER – Open Back       Women’s
SW-000-FU-C     FU RACER – Closed Back     Women’s
SM-000-FU-H      FU RRACER – Hipster          Men’s
SM-000-FU-HW   FU RCARER – High W          Men’s
SWK-001-LIGHT   rocket Light K                  Women’s
SW-001-LIGHT     rocket Light                    Women’s
SM-001-LIGHT     rocket Light                     Men’s
SW-002-ORBIT     rocket ORBIT                  Women’s
SM-002-ORBIT     rocket ORBIT                   Men’s
SW-003-FLIGHT   rocket FLIGHT                 Women’s
SM-003-FLIGHT    rocket FLIGHT                 Men’s
SMB-002             rocket BREIF                   Men’s

TYR
Fusion Racer (Style#RFUS6) 2006 Male
Fusion Jammer (Style#SFUS6) 2006 Male
Fusion Aeroback (Style#AFUS6) 2006 Female
Fusion Aeroback Short John (Style#ASFU6) 2006 Female
Tracer Light Racer (Style#TLRA6) 2007 Male

Tracer Light Jammer (Style#TLJA6) 2007 Male
Tracer Light Aeroback (Style#TLAB6) 2007 Female
Tracer Light Aeroback Short John (Style#TLSJ6) 2007 Female

Speedo
Speedo believes the following championship suits meet the criteria listed by USA Swimming.

Speedo Fastskin FS Pro
Female Recordbreaker, Style #7190803
Female Kneeskin, Style #7190102
Male Jammer, Style #7050170

Speedo Fastskin FSII
Female Recordbreaker, Adult Style #7190142, Youth Style #7190141
Male Jammer, Adult Style #7050154, Youth Style #7050153
Male Brief, Adult Style #7055001

Speedo Aquablade
Female Recordbreaker, Adult Style #719040, Youth Style #719039
Male Jammer, Adult Style #705966, Youth Style #705965
Male Brief, Adult #705032, Youth Style #705031

Please note, this list is not all-inclusive. Until such time as FINA publishes its list, swimsuits meeting the below criteria, should also be considered acceptable.

1.Swimsuits for men may not extend above the navel or below the knee and for women may not cover the neck or extend past the shoulders or below the knee;

2.No zippers or other fastening devices are allowed except for a waist tie on a brief or jammer; and

3.Suits must be of textile material and must not be made of any rubberized type of material such as polyurethane or neoprene.





USA Swimming amends rules regarding swimsuits

15 06 2009

Here is the statement from USA Swimming regarding the approved swimsuits:

Following the ruling by FINA on May 19, 2009, regarding approval of swimsuits for international competition, USA Swimming’s Rules and Regulations Committee has announced an amendment to rule 102.9, covering swimsuits at USA Swimming competitions.  The committee has also outlined specific rules applying to swimsuits allowed at the 2009 ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships and World Championship Trials. These amendments are designed to provide consistency with the rules as established by FINA.

Effective June 1, 2009, swimmers competing in USA Swimming-sanctioned or approved competitions will be governed by the following rules.

Only swimwear approved by FINA, as reflected on its published list of approved swimwear, may be worn in any USA Swimming sanctioned or approved competition.

Additionally, since the FINA-approved list only addresses “new model” swimsuits submitted by swimsuit manufacturers, swimmers will, until otherwise directed by FINA, also be able to wear traditional swimsuits provided the suits meet the following criteria:

1. For female swimmers, the swimsuit shall not cover the neck, extend past the shoulders or past the pelvis, and

2. For male swimmers, the swimsuit shall not extend above the navel or below the knees.

There are currently 202 suits on the FINA-approved list. If and when FINA approves additional suits, those suits will also be allowed in USA Swimming competition.

At the 2009 ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships and World Championship Trials, the following rules apply, in addition to the above.

Only those permitted swimsuit models that are available to all competitors may be used. To avoid confusion, availability is defined as follows:

  1. The swimsuit manufacturer is present at the event with its approved swimsuits available for all competitors on a purchase, loan, give-away or other basis, or
  2. The swimsuit manufacturer has provided to USA Swimming a written representation in the form requested by USA Swimming, that its approved swimsuit will be made available before July 7, 2009 to all World Championship Trials competitors and before June 14, 2009 to all Open Water World Championship Trials competitors on a purchase, loan, or giveaway basis through retail stores, the internet, or other means.

USA Swimming will publish a list of swimsuit manufacturers who have made this representation once they are received. Competitors may rely on this list as approval to wear a particular swimsuit model at either event.








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