lizasaurus rex (funkadelic) wrote in synchro_swim,
lizasaurus rex


I attended a judging update clinic in Chicago last Friday (run by the always excellent Ginny Jasontek who FABULOUSLY pulled it together at the last minute, YAY GINNY!!) and we had a looooong discussion about this year's changes made to the barracuda figure. In case you haven't heard about it, your feet are now supposed to submerged after the takedown as opposed to having your ankles out of the water. Also, they're being MUCH more lenient on pulling on the thrust than in the past. Now height is more important than thrusting completely straight.

What do you guys think about this? I've personally got some issues with it. I LOVE the fact that we can submerge our feet before the thrust, that will definitely allow us to gain lots of height. I'm not so keen on the pulling bit. Maybe I'm just becoming old! But (oh man, here I go dating myself) when I started synchro, and even when I was in high school, you would get scored down for pulling your legs over your face. Pulling was almost seen as cheating to get better height, because it was not part of the definition of the figure. I realize that the sport is changing and that height is more important than it used to be, and that's a good thing. We should always be striving to be better than we were. I just don't think that allowing people to perform the figure against how it's stated in the rulebook and letting it slide is the right way to do that.

Again, maybe I'm just old and outdated ;) Opinions?

Also, there's a new figure this year called the Helicopter. Ginny was telling us that originally the Japanese named it and wanted to call it...SOFT CREAM, because it looks like an ice cream cone. LOL! How totally WRONG on all levels would that be? Swimmer #6, SOFT CREAM!
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