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Published September 30, 2009, 09:07 AM

High tech swimsuits are banned from high school competition

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Technology has revolutionized so many things when it comes to sports, but now a move to ban a piece of clothing that changed the swimming world over night. Those so called high tech swimsuits made famous in the Olympics also changed the world of high school swim competition, but now they have been banned.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Technology has revolutionized so many things when it comes to sports, but now a move to ban a piece of clothing that changed the swimming world over night. Those so called high tech swimsuits made famous in the Olympics also changed the world of high school swim competition, but now they have been banned.

After a stand out career as a competitive high school and college swimmer, Pat Anderson now coaches some of the best. Moorhead High's David Flickinger holds records in the pool and is on his way to a Big Ten swimming career. He also has worn what are called fast suits, a high tech non permeable material like a wet suit.

“Kept your core tighter you felt a lot sleeker in the water. You felt like you could float.

The fast suits, worn recently at sectionals and state meets, have now been banned, but not before parents like patty Gerdes bought one this summer for her daughter Abbie.

“If we had known going into it would be ruled out I would have done it again to give them and edge, do everything you can for the success of the children.”

Moorhead Sophmore Maggie little just got a fast suit for the upcoming season, but it will never see competition.

“You could tell you could go faster.”

“I was angry I wanted to wear it to sectionals and at least for one more year.”

And families have been shelling out big bucks for this suit, from a hundred 300 even up to 500.

The decision to ban the fast suits was moved up, leaving families with unusable expensive high tech suits, but some of the athletes and coaches say it is a good decision; finally, a level playing field.

“Changed our sport, it allowed some people to have a competitive advantage over the rest of the field.

“I think it can make some people who are not as talented, talented based on the suit.”

For stand out swimmers like David Flickinger, it will be hours spent in the pool; talent and technique, not a space age suit that carries him into a top college pool.

By the way, swim coach Pat Anderson is about to be inducted in the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire hall of fame for his stand out career as a swimmer there.

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