Monday, August 31, 2009

No Banned Suit List To Help High School Swimmers

high school swim suit ban

Earlier this month, the NFHS decided to ban all body-length non-textile suits immediately – despite the fact that several states had already begun their 2009-2010 season.

As Reach For The Wall continues their excellent coverage of the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) swimsuit regulations, we’ve learned that an official list of banned or approves suits will not be issued by the high school governing body. The reason? According to Becky Oakes, NFHS assistant director and liaison to the Swimming and Diving Rules Committee, the NFHS “has neither the means, nor the time, to evaluate suits and compile a complete list of allowable ones” (source). High school students, coaches, and parents must use common sense when deciding what suit fits within the new rules.

The NCAA, on the other hand, is planning to release a list of approved suits in a matter of weeks – and they’re taking a much different approach than FINA did when evaluating suits for approval. As reported in the Reach For The Wall article, the NFHS and NCAA will not attempt their own scientific study of suit technology. These organizations will place the burden of proof on the manufacturers, who must provide appropriate documentation of their suit composition and construction.

> Related: High-tech Swimsuits Banned in High School Swimming
> Related: High Schools Ban Non-Textile Long-Length Suits

Monday, August 31, 2009

Speedo Launches “Underbody” Line Of Underwear in Australia

Speedo Underbody Launch in SDS George Street on Twitpic
Photo by Emily Greer, Speedo Australia-Womens and Girls designer, via TwitPic

Monday, August 31, 2009

In Brief… While I Was Out

kast-a-way swimwear in brief

> Video: Ryan Lochte 50m underwater in 25 seconds! the17thman
> Eamon Sullivan tipped for celebrity MasterChef via the17thman
> ‘Speedo Underbody’ previewed on an Australian morning show SCAQ Blog
> Michael Phelps gets the boot Getty Images
> Michael Phelps and Shaquille O’Neil Press Photos
> Moses Goes From Laps To Links

Friday, August 21, 2009

7 Things To Do With Your Old Speedsuit

On January 1st, 2010, the new FINA suit rule will take effect. High schools and the NCAA are on board for banning the suits immediately – before the season gets underway. The end of bodysuits is upon us!

However, because of the late notice, some people are left holding speedsuits without a place to use them. To help those swimmers, I’ve compiled 7 perfectly good ways to use your old, illegal speedsuit:

1. Fight Crime

2. Go Tanning

3. Sandbag Your Flooded Doorstep (Non-Permeable Suits Only)

4. Join Cirque du Soleil

5. Flesh Colored Paint – Just Keep Wearing It!

6. New Winter Olympic Sport: Sled-less Ice Luge

7. Break A Slip n’ Slide Speed Record

…I guess if all else fails, you’ll have the most expensive Michael Phelps halloween costume this year!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Russian Ballet Performs With Synchro Swimmers In Water Cube

russian ballet at water cube

A member of the Russian ballet stands on what use to be a starting block, overlooking other dancers and synchronized swimmers performing Swan Lake in the Water Cube’s main competition pool. (photo source)

China is determined to keep the Water Cube and Bird’s Nest active in the Beijing community. There are already plans to turn the Water Cube into a large aquatic park by mid 2010. Much of the renovations will involve removing some 11,000 temporary seats and stands that take up valuable interior space.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Michael Phelps Speed Sketch

michael phelps speed sketch

Check out this time elapsed speed sketch of Michael Phelps from Sketch Pan. There’s not a HUGE likeness – I mean it could be any swimmer really. But it was drawn on a computer screen, come on! You can either follow along at home at 1x speed, or watch the whole thing in 16x like I did in about 4 minutes.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Video: Trailer, The Katie Hoff Story

YouTube: TheSwimChannel

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

2,486 Scuba Divers Set World Record For Mass Dive

world record scuba dive

An AFP article, hosted by Google, announced that the Guinness World Record for Most People Scuba Diving Simultaneously was more than doubled this weekend – with nearly 2,500 divers participating. The previous record of 958 divers was set in 2006.

The dive took place in Indonesia, the world’s largest archipelago. The area is already popular with scuba divers, but the stunt was meant to increase tourism to Indonesia.

According to the article:

“The challenge was part of the Sail Bunaken 2009 maritime event being held as part of Indonesia’s efforts to establish the Sulawesi town of Manado as a world-class tourist spot” (source)

According to, Indonesia is already considered one of the best places to dive. It houses around 20% of the world’s coral reefs, including more than 3,000 species of fish.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

In Brief…

kast-a-way swimwear in brief

> Muslim woman barred in French pools if they choose to wear a Burquini SCAQ Blog
> Michael Phelps Swims Into Immortality: Wake-Up Video “Fireman” MTV Newsroom
> Ripped Olympians Go to Rehab TMZ RT @swimstars
> Competition wraps up with four more titles – and rain USA Diving
> Diving And Dancing On The Morning Swim Show
> TYR Triathlon Video TYR Sport on Facebook
> Dolfin Viva Brief, I love it! Kast-A-Way Swimwear
> Sicily Part 1 Garrett Weber-Gale

Monday, August 17, 2009

Natalie Coughlin Joins Dancing With The Stars

natalie coughlin dancing with the stars

Yep, it’s official, Natalie Coughlin has a Dancing With The Stars profile page for the next season of the show that pairs celebrities with professional dancers to see if they’ll fall on their face, or dance their way into our hearts.

Ok, so I’ve never actually seen the show but I gathered that much from the trailer announcing Natalie’s spot on the show. Photo by Getty Images via

The new season premieres September 21st on ABC.

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