NCAA placing restrictions on high-tech suits in college competition similar to FINA rulesBy AP
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
NCAA also placing limits on high-tech suits
INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA is placing restrictions on high-tech suits in college competition similar to the ones swimming’s world governing body enacted this week.
The NCAA said Wednesday that its swimming and diving committees for all three divisions have endorsed rules that limit coverage and the type of material used. The Playing Rules Oversight Panel must still approve the changes, which could go into effect for the start of the season in September.
Suits cannot go past the knee; men’s suits must stop at the waist, and women’s at the shoulder. Materials must be completely permeable to air and water and be no more than 0.8 millimeters thick.
The NCAA said it was not influenced by FINA’s decision. Like their counterparts on the international level, college coaches balked at seeing the new high-tech suits rewrite the record books.
Seventy NCAA meet records were set in 2009. But after much discussion, the committees decided not to wipe those marks from the books. Heat sheets at the 2010 NCAA championships, though, will include the pre-2009 records for context.
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