Oh how I miss the days when I used to swim competitively. When that gun would go off, I’d be off that diving block, slicing into the water in the blink of an eye. There is no rush like the one that comes when you finish that final lap, exhausted, muscles burning, exasperated and out of breath.
I can still remember how it feels to slam my hand onto the end of the lane and look up through foggy goggles desperate to get a glimpse of the scoreboard. And I still remember how it feels to be #1. Those days are behind me now; I have hung up my fins and retired my rubber cap. Now, I only swim for fun and excersise. You, on the other hand, are still a passionate swimmer, right? I get the feeling you wouldn’t be here otherwise. Well, champ, I’m rooting for you and I want to help.
I am here to tell you, the swimsuit DOES matter and don’t let anyone else tell you otherwise. The material, the cut, the body style are all directly related to your performance in the pool. Swimsuit companies are constantly looking into ways to help you improve aquatic athletics, investing countless hours of research and boo-koos of cash to design the perfect suit just for you.
Whether you’re into waterpolo or individual relay swimming, snorkeling or lifeguarding, there is a suit out there with your name on it. Read on for my personal recommendations, all Speedo brands. I am a loyal Speedo customer and have found they make the best athletic swimsuits for women. I have tried all the major swimsuit name brands out there and I speak from personal experience.
If you are an athletic swimmer, Speedo is the only way to go. Their suits last, they are durable and they are worth every bit of the money you’ll pay for the name Speedo.
Top 5 Athletic Swimsuits for Women
Speedo Avenger Water Polo Endurance Style # 819018
This is THE suit for water polo players. This full-coverage, conservative style allows for a fearless full range of motion. It has a high-neck and zippered back, completely covering your back and chest. This suit gives you a “completely dressed” feel. If you consider yourself a modest woman, this is the swimsuit for you. Made of Speedo’s trademark fabric Endurance+, this suit is durable, comfortable, fade and stretch resistant. The Avenger comes only in black, is priced at $68 and is well worth it.
Speedo Lifeguard Super Proback Style # 7190432
Certified or Professional Lifeguard? Planning on working or volunteering at the local pool this summer? This is the suit for you. The Lifeguard Super Proback comes in red, navy and light blue and all don the word “Lifeguard Speedo” with the lifeguard cross logo on the chest. Open, classic Speedo back with the top and mid-back exposed and X-shaped straps make this a great one-piece to get a tan in. This suit is 74% nylon and 26% lycra, making it comfortable and fast-drying. The Lifeguard Super Proback is priced at
Speedo Sporty Splice Style # 8190227
This is a racing suit, my favorite kind. I used to own this exact suit when I was swimming at meets. The Sporty Splice is custom designed for competitive swimmers. It has a low-drag profile, pro-back, reinforcements at stress points and Speedo’s exclusive 9-thread flatlock stitch for a perfect, tight fit. It comes in black and navy blue, has a white racing stipe across the sides of the suit, sliced by another color. You can choose red, blue, green or rasberry as the accentuated stripe color. This suit is $62 and is comfortable and stylish. It will make all the difference in your swimming performance.
Speedo Super S-Back Style # 8190238
This is another one of my favorites, another racing suit. This is a solid color suit; it comes in black, nautical blue, rasberry and teal. This suit differs from the Sporty Splice because the straps are thinner and criss-cross in the back with a bra-line strap across the mid-back . This is a very sleek suit with a higher-cut thigh. It is 74% nylon, 26% lycra and has the same general design as the Sporty to enhance speed and movement. This swimsuit is $68.
Speedo Aquablade Recordbreaker Style # 719040
This swimsuit is unique to Speedo. Using the Speedo’s trademark Aquablade fabric is designed to be “slicker than skin,” making this a popular among Olympic swimmers. Its verticle stripes create a streamlining effect, moving water away from your body as you swim. This is a racing suit, made with polyester, lycra and spandex. It comes in black, navy, royal blue, deep maroon and hunter green. This suit is priced at $86.
These are only five swimsuits in Speedo’s vast selection of athlectic swimsuits for women. To view more, go to www.speedousa.com. You can even order your suit online and have it shipped to you before the next meet. Good luck!