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    A fine line between injury/disability and cheating

    Many masters swimmers have legitimate injuries or disabilities which may allow them make adjustments to their strokes legally in competition. If a swimmer can not swim a stroke they will typically not enter the event in competition for obvious reasons.
    What if a swimmer appears to be taking advantage of USMS exemptions for an event? It seems to happen in less popular events like 200 Butterfly and 400 IM.
    Are swimmers that determined to be a USMS Top Ten Swimmer?

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    Re: A fine line between injury/disability and cheating

    Care to elaborate? If you are talking about 'butterfrog' i.e. swimming butterfly with a breaststroke kick then that is perfectly legal in masters and is in no way cheating. If it's something else, please let us know what.

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    Re: A fine line between injury/disability and cheating

    One-arm fly? (And I suggest that as a one-arm flyer)
    Swimmer & triathlete with cerebral palsy

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    Re: A fine line between injury/disability and cheating

    If you only have one arm, that to me would ok. If you are referring to swimmers that do not get their hands or elbows out of the water - then no.

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