Here’s the new FINA approved suit list via Swimming World Magazine:

Fina Suit List 22JUN09

You may notice that blueseventy who was suspiciously absent from the first list is back in the mix along with other suits that were shut out from that list. Here’s a note I recieved from blueseventy earlier today on the topic:

22 June 2009
blueseventy body suits back in the water

blueseventy’s high-tech swimming body suits are back in the pool after the sport’s governing body, FINA, reversed its decision to ban them on the grounds of possible air trapping.

This decision means that swimmers are free to wear them at the forthcoming World Championships in Rome, and all other competitions, at all levels around the world.

Ceo, Steve Nicholls, commented: “We were confident in the scientific evidence that our suit could not trap air and are grateful for the support of Huub Touissant of the University of Amsterdam in presenting our case to FINA. We felt strongly that we would not need to make any alterations to it and we’re delighted that the right decision has been made without any form of bias.

“The last few weeks have certainly hurt us, with minimal sales in the period of not being on the list. However, we have been continuing with production to ensure availability for when the decision was reversed.

We now look forward to the World Championships, where we will have suits available for any swimmers wanting to try them out. We have been in continuous communication with swimmers throughout this period and this announcement now confirms their suit choice for Rome. They can now continue their preparation without this distraction.

“Prior to the latest announcement by FINA, blueseventy had consulted Lawyers to get an injunction against the decision. On consultation with FINA they encouraged us to instead go through their own review process which we have done.” Nicholls added.

“The most important thing is that swimmers now know where they stand and have a choice about what suit they can wear. We will do everything we can to ensure that our suits are available and that all swimmers have access to them from all of our global distributors and subsidiaries.

For those of you like me that are mainly focused on what’s going on in the Master’s pool, everything remains the same. All suits previously allowed are still fair game. Looks like USMS made the right call and saved their members a lot of grief and money by holding steady while FINA spent months flip flopping. What suits are going to be legal in 2010 is still a mystery, but at least it looks like the suit debacle should mellow out for a few months so we can all get back to focusing on swimming as opposed to swimsuits.

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