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USA Swimming Amends Rules Regarding Swimsuits -- June 1, 2009

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado, June 1. 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 and 2009 Open Water Word 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, and the 2009 Open Water 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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June 1, 2009 So no FS-Pro or FS-II or all the other suits of that generation. Insanity!
Submitted by: Coach Dude
June 1, 2009 No, the FS-Pro is on the list Speedo submitted and so is a thing called the FS-8. Don't know what that is, but maybe it's what they are calling the FS-II these days. Don't think they even make the "old" (only been 6 years since they were THE suit)FS-I's anymore.

Submitted by: rcoach
June 2, 2009 Can you say SPEEDO!. I've checked there are only about 3 'fast' suits available in the US on that list that are not Speedo, Rocket Science is sold out, even at the company level, hard to even find a TYR suit. Speedo will be laughing all the way to the bank on this one. Second point look at the Junior and Open cuts this year, fastest ever (based on the suits?) my guess is if you don't have a suit you won't get a cut, not exactly fair to the kids planning their summer, a lot like the NCAA two suit rule this past season, while I agree with the spirit of the rules (get rid of the LZR also) it should include them all and be done at the start of a season.
Submitted by: michcoach
June 2, 2009 The FS Pro legskins are not on the "approved" list, though the jammers and full suits, and the LZR legskins are too (that's hard to determine because all of the sku numbers in the FINA list are the European models). Speedo Customer service doesn't have a clue what's going on (they wanted to know what size of their illegal suit I wanted to order for my son). USA Swimming had to modify its rules for championship meets, but extending it to all sanctioned competition is too much, though caused by either Speedo or Fina's craziness, not, at bottom, by USAS. My son has swum in the pro legskins for 4 years but now - in the middle of the LC season - he'll have to either switch to a full body FS Pro, or an even more expensive LZR Legskin, or "downgrade" to jammers only. This season is going to be crazy, and expensive. Does anybody in any of these organizations think about the financial consequences for the thousands of non-olympic swimmers they are affecting?

Submitted by: NJSwimdad
June 3, 2009 NJSwimdad

No, no they don't. And to top it off, the NFHS has so far refused to take any stand at all with respect to high school swimming. So you could have a suit that can be used in high school, but not in a USAS meet.
Submitted by: prhjd
June 6, 2009 I cant find any information on the TYR Aqua Shift, does anybody know if it is going to become legal in the full-body or legskin?
Submitted by: cathy25
June 6, 2009 If it's not on the list, it's not allowed. USA swimming is grandfathering boys suits from the navel to the knees, but nothing with full legs.
Submitted by: njswimdad
June 9, 2009 If you were correct, all female LZR suits should also be banned since they were not on the FINA approved list.
Submitted by: doc
June 9, 2009 If you were correct, all female LZR suits should also be banned since they were not on the FINA approved list.
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