FINA, the international governing body for aquatic sports, has ratified the world records set during the inaugural International Swimming League season.
This should come as no surprise. While heading into the season, it was unclear whether FINA would approve of records swum under the new league’s watch, SwimSwam confirmed in October that FINA would recognize those set in the final five meets of the season.
Last summer, FINA said that it would not recognize world records unless the meets were held in compliance with FINA rules. Those rules include seeking approval 6 months prior to competition and the presence of drug testers to collect samples from any record breakers. ISL employed an anti-doping protocol at their meets, though it was managed by the national anti-doping organization of the host nation of the meet, rather than the league itself.
The newly ratified world records include:
- Minna Atherton‘s 54.89 100 back (10/27/2019)
- Daiya Seto‘s 3:54.81 400 IM (12/20/2019)
- Caeleb Dressel‘s 20.24 50 free (12/20/2019)
The ISL, along with swimmers Katinka Hosszu, Tom Shields and Michael Andrew, is currently suing FINA, saying it violated antitrust laws in trying to block the 2018 Energy for Swim meet. FINA filed a request to have the suit dismissed late last year, but was denied.
Jan. 17, plaintiffs filed an additional complaint claiming that FINA misappropriated ISL’s format by scheduling its own events with a similar prize format. FINA has three weeks to file an answer to the amended allegations.