Fancy (and expensive) swimwear? Disgusting

  

  Well, I just finished reading this story by our Ken Sugiura on how those involved with the men’s swimming team at Georgia Tech have become the latest to make their sport an absolute joke these days.

  Have you heard? It’s not about the swimmer anymore. It’s about the suits they wear . . . or don’t wear.

  It’s about the Speedo LZR Racer suit that carried Michael Phelps to his Olympic fame this summer in Beijing. According to Ken’s story, 79 of the 108 world records broken in 2008 were reportedly set by swimmers wearing these suits.

  Hello! Two things here: High-tech suits such as the LZR Racer should be banned by the NCAA, especially since only a few schools can afford them in this tough economy at $550 a pop. Second, schools should do the right thing in the meantime and refuse to wear them.

  So much for daydreaming. According to Ken’s reporting, those involved with the Tech men’s team are so obsessed with wearing these suits/trying to win an ACC championship that they’ve often slept three swimmers to a room in cheap hotels to save money to buy the suits.

  I mean, there is a reason why the use of performance-enhancing drugs has been rampant at all levels of sports and at all ages. That motto of “by any means necessary” has spread from the pros to everywhere else. We’re back to this LZR Racer silliness.

  The folks at United States Golf Association get it more than most. They are in the process of mandating a limit on the effectiveness of grooves on clubs. They also are discussing a ban on wedges with lofts of more than 60 degrees.

   Swimming is going the other way. Swimming is going the way of sightings of Big Foot and sluggers from the steroid era, where you can’t take it seriously.

131 comments Add your comment

Speedo

February 25th, 2009
7:52 pm

Thanks for doing more PR work for us, like every ignorant journalist who needs an angle to write about swimming because “these young men work their brains out” isn’t good enough.

B-RoadLee.

February 25th, 2009
7:52 pm

I agree with Jeremy. When I first read this article I thought it was a joke. I don’t think I’ve ever read anything more ridiculous in my life. I seriously hope you weren’t paid a prodigious amount of money for writing this drivel because you obviously took no time in researching your subject. Swimmers devote their whole lives to this sport and men’s collegiate swimming championships is something men work years towards perfecting and preparing for.

Next time you want to make yourself sound like a complete a total waste of humanity, try not to slander and falsely accuse one of the hardest working teams in the ACC, you idiot.

Jeremy

February 25th, 2009
7:43 pm

At first I thought this was satire. Wow, you are an idiot and you know nothing about swimming.

El Presidente

February 25th, 2009
7:42 pm

Terence, The GT Swim team should sue you for libel. You accusations are shameful and down right lies. The swim team has broken no NCAA rules. Do you even know what “cheat” means?

Gobat

February 25th, 2009
7:40 pm

Unfortunately, Terrance, you obviously do not have any idea what you are saying. Coming from someone who was at Women’s ACC’s last week, there were NO girls sleeping three to a room last week, and EVERY school had some form of a second generation suit, whether it be the LZR or the Blue Seventy. Obviously it was not too hard for the schools to get the suits they needed. It is absolutely ridiculous for you to suggest that the swimmers at Georgia Tech are just cheating their way into victory, (congratulations to the GT Men’s 200 medley relay). If you had any idea of what the swimmers at GT were doing, you would know that they have been working hard all season to swim fast at ACC’s and shame on you for saying that they have been cheating. I personally believe you owe them an apology and should do a little more research before you slander someone else.

Refrigeratormover

February 25th, 2009
6:30 pm

Once again Terrance you show your ignorance. I know your trying to compete for space in the Atlanta Urinal and Constipation but this is one of your worst attempts to take a stab at GT.

Warren

February 25th, 2009
6:27 pm

Terence, someone at the AJC should wise-up and ban you. I’ve been reading your poor excuse for a sports page for over 40 years, and you are, by far, the worst reporter that I have ever read. The sad part is that your actually arrogant, which shows just how ignorant you are. There is only one person, in my life, that I can say I actually dislike from just reading their column, and that is you.

red92s

February 25th, 2009
6:24 pm

UGA can afford in indoor football practice facility. Tech can’t. Cheaters.

How much does a nice pair of basketball shoes run these days? I bet a lot of programs can’t afford top of the line ones. Cheaters.

Arizona has real grass in their domed stadium. Cheaters.

OSU is getting a bailout-sized contribution from T. Boone for new athletic fatalities. Oklahoma didn’t. Cheaters.

Give me a break

February 25th, 2009
6:11 pm

Maybe the Tech swim team should stop obsessing over these swim suits and spend some more time in the water practicing! It does not matter what suits they wear they are not going to make enough time to beat North Carolina or Georgia. And if they did, then Ugag would prob spend some of its millions of dollars and buy the entire team and its managers a pair

D A Kinney

February 25th, 2009
6:04 pm

You should just resign for ignorant NON-reporting….this is garbage! Consider this a slander towards Georgia Tech and consider my just one more cancelled subscription to this so-called regional newspaper!
T. Moore….learn how to write articles and maybe start at the high school level again because that is the equivalent of your writing!