PHOENIX, Arizona, May 7. EARLIER this morning Arena announced that three versions of its Powerskin carbon suits were non-compliant with FINA regulations, specifically involving water permeation. Arena said a change in the way the seams were bonded on the suits and the placing of the logo on the suits back in December was the cause of the issue with these three suits. In an effort to meet the increasing demand for these suits, Arena changed the way the suits were made in the factory but have already corrected the problem and are offering replacements for those who bought these suits. They are even sending boxes of them to the Arena Grand Prix in Charlotte so swimmers in the meet can get instant exchanges. FINA has said they are not looking to render any of the swims done in these suits since December null and void. If you bought one of these suits, you can go to our article about Arena on swimmingworld.com to find a link for arranging an exchange.
It was a quiet weekend as far as pool swimming was concerned, but diving was in full swing over the weekend at the FINA Diving Grand Prix in Quebec. The United States was unable to pick up any medals at the meet, where China and Canada won the eight gold medals available. China won six of the events, as is often the case in diving, while Jennifer Abel celebrated a victory for Canada in the women's three-meter event, and Meghan Benefeito won the platform event by just six points. The next stop on the Grand Prix circuit is Fort Lauderdale, Florida, starting on Thursday.