Over the weekend USMS put out a brief email statement about the whole suit debacle which pretty much says what I’ve been saying for a while… nothing has happened in months and something might happen in January. In the meantime anything that was legal remains legal in USMS sanctioned meets.
Here’s the exact verbiage from the letter:
The FINA Masters Committee has recommended that the FINA Bureau, meeting in mid-January, approve its recommendation that Masters swimmers be governed by the same swimsuit rules as the elite pool swimmers. If the Bureau approves the committee’s recommendation, it is anticipated it would go into effect after the Bureau meeting. If this recommendation becomes policy with the FINA Bureau, USMS will implement it for our sanctioned swim meets.
For the time being and until the FINA Bureau issues its policy for Masters, the June 1, 2009 ruling that allowed technical suits in USMS swim meets is still in effect. If you choose to compete in a USA Swimming sanctioned meet, you must follow USA Swimming rules.
it goes on from there to tell you where you can buy techsuits if you’re so inclined.
The whole thing is kind of a non-story, but I’ve seen the letter reposted all over the place so I figured I better share it with the 3 or 4 of you that haven’t seen it yet. In the meantime swim holes through your techsuits if you’ve got them! I have like 5 bodysuits, 2 pairs of leggings, and 1 shortjohn that I need to hurry up and put more mileage on! Oh and early January, SCY season, someone in California needs to hold a last chance meet before that FINA meeting! Get on it :)