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.