FINA Disallows Michigan, Indiana, Iowa “World Records”

Keeping with history, after adding new events to the list of officially recognized World Records, FINA has disallowed the swims done by the University of Michigan, Indiana, and Iowa, according to SwimVortex.

These swims, which were hoped to be World Records simply on the basis of being the first to jump the gun, are far from the fastest that have ever been swum in those races.

FINA will now establish “standards” that need to be cleared before something can be recognized as the first World Record in these events, and these standards will likely be fast enough that they will come from national-team relays at international-level events, or in the least from very good relays in countries like China, where the country’s top national-team swimmers are concentrated in certain clubs.

Two days after FINA opened the doors to World Records, Indiana broke them in all 8 new events. Two days later, at the Water Carnival, Michigan and Iowa each broke one of those records again.

We’ll likely see the first swims to be considered as records in the upcoming legs of the World Cup in Russia, Dubai, or Doha, as many nations (including Great Britain) are sending the right pieces to make some solid national team relays for the mixed 4×50 free and medley.

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Although they were technically world records, in my honest opinion, it’s a joke that schools like Indiana and moreso Iowa, which haven’t been relevant recently, could claim a world record just because they did it first. You can say sour grapes or whatever you want, but do you actually think Dustin Rhoads, Andrew Marciniak, Haley Gordon and Olivia Kabacinski deserve to be in the record book with Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte, Sun Yang, etc… based on a technicality?

I don’t see the harm in allowing them to be world records. The events were just declared legitimate, so some team has to set them first. The fact is, until these teams swam those times, the events weren’t legal and, hence, there were no world records. The fact that these initial records will be beaten quickly and multiple times shouldn’t disqualify them. Let Iowa and Indiana have their glory and let some other team beat them. What’s the cost to calling these world records?


in the record books for what, 5 weeks? phelps has been in the books for 12 years


@thanksfina hey now, they are nice people!!!!!!! seriously though, thank god that record isn’t in the books. iowa wasn’t even close to first place in the heat…..

Start a new conference and get immediate conference records, no? It’s the same thing just scaled up larger.

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