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joemagiera
July 31st, 2009, 11:06 AM
When Rowdy Gaines swam at the most recent SCY nationals in May, does anyone know what kind of suit he wore for his events? Was it one of the new hi-tech suits that USS is banning at the end of this year?

tjrpatt
July 31st, 2009, 11:09 AM
I guess the B70. Well, he will at his next masters meet since he is a spokeperson.

knelson
July 31st, 2009, 11:11 AM
Yes, Rowdy wore a B70 Nero at Clovis.

geochuck
July 31st, 2009, 11:55 AM
Rowdy could wear the cheapest briefs available and still swim well. I went to the thrift store and they had briefs in a bag 10 for $10.00 I would have bought them but they were a little on the small size.

joemagiera
July 31st, 2009, 12:34 PM
Rowdy could wear the cheapest briefs available and still swim well. I went to the thrift store and they had briefs in a bag 10 for $10.00 I would have bought them but they were a little on the small size.

Wow, where is that store? I could use them for workout suits. :)

I am not suggesting Rowdy wouldn't be fast without a Blue70. Just thinking about he's in a tough position. I'm not flaming him, nor supporting him. Just thinking as I'm watching the coverage on worlds and his constant criticism of the new suits. I think he is being accurate in his reporting, which is what a reporter should be. And he's considered a color commentator, so he can present his opinion too (as opposed to a play-by-play person that's just supposed to report the facts). But wearing one himself at nationals, might some people look at him as hypocritical on the topic now? Personally, I don't, but I could see how others might have that view.

Joe (joemagiera at ameritech dot net)
joemagiera@ameritech.net

Paul Smith
July 31st, 2009, 12:43 PM
Wow, where is that store? I could use them for workout suits. :)

I am not suggesting Rowdy wouldn't be fast without a Blue70. Just thinking about he's in a tough position. I'm not flaming him, nor supporting him. Just thinking as I'm watching the coverage on worlds and his constant criticism of the new suits. I think he is being accurate in his reporting, which is what a reporter should be. And he's considered a color commentator, so he can present his opinion too (as opposed to a play-by-play person that's just supposed to report the facts). But wearing one himself at nationals, might some people look at him as hypocritical on the topic now? Personally, I don't, but I could see how others might have that view.

Joe (joemagiera at ameritech dot net)
joemagiera@ameritech.net

Rowdy swam a relay with us a few years ago with only a month in training and went 21.3, he does't need anything to help him swim fast. He's tested almost every suit currently out there and knows firsthand what impact it has not just on times but how stroke mechanics change...in talking with him he's of the same opinion as a lot of us, he'll wear whats legal but also recognize that the impact on times/world record progressions is something that needs to be noted/questioned.

RobbieD
July 31st, 2009, 01:31 PM
Rowdy wore a blueseventy at nationals AND his sponsorship with blueseventy was announced while he was there. I got to talk to him and get his autograph back in the B70 sales booth while he was there.

Picture of me and Rowdy (http://www.robaquatics.com/clovis0920.jpg), and Rowdy signing my friend's tshirt (http://www.robaquatics.com/clovis0922.jpg)

BillS
July 31st, 2009, 02:01 PM
See for yourself. Here is Rowdy's 50:

http://www.floswimming.org/videos/coverage/view_video/234996/178008

Here's his stellar 200:

http://www.floswimming.org/videos/coverage/view_video/234996/177194