I'm sorry but I can't agree with a stroke modification that harms other swimmers,
and Misty Hyman and her sideward dolphin stroke does just that.
At Trials, in the finals, Misty ended up in a lane next to the number one "true"
butterflyer in this nation, Jenny Thompson. It was clear to all watching that
because of Misty's kick, Jenny had to pull through turbulant water caused by Misty's
side kicking into Jenny's lane. Jenny, the nations best chance at a medal in the
butterfly, placed fourth thanks to rules that allow someone like Misty and her
coaches to bend the rules spoiling Jenny's efforts and anyone else who has to swim
next to her. Why not create a special event for under water kicking for which we
can all agree, Misty is the winner. Just keep her out of the water in real races so
she can't hurt anyone elses chances.
Innovation is fine but not at the cost of others who have worked hard at perfecting
legal strokes. And now we have all paid a great price by not having Jenny in that
event in Atlanta for the US.
My vote says, just like in the backstroke so goes the fly. Limit the distance.