October 22, 2009
FINA issues initial 2010 list of approved swimsuits (10/20/2009)
FINA has issued its first list of swimsuits that have been approved for use in competition.
The 2010 List of Approved Swimsuits, available here **, is not all-inclusive and is not the final list. As additional suits are approved, they will be added to the list.
Until such time as FINA publishes its final list, USA Swimming will allow all swimsuits meeting the criteria below, including those listed on USA Swimming’s Reference List for Allowable Swimsuitsin USA Swimming competitions.
The criteria for allowable swimsuits at USA Swimming competition, under Rule 102.9, is as follows:
1. Swimsuits for men may not extend above the navel or below the knee and for women may not cover the neck or extend past the shoulders or below the knee;
2. No zippers or other fastening devices are allowed except for a waist tie on a brief or jammer; and
3. Suits must be of textile material and must not be made of any rubberized type of material such as polyurethane or neoprene.
**Please note that in some cases the suit
models reflected on FINA’s list have the same name as older
manufactured suits which did not meet the new technical swimsuit
requirements. Before purchasing any of the suits on the list,
be sure to ask if the suit is the new model which meets the new
requirements. If you have questions about the rules for
allowable swimsuits, please send an emailto USA