I had two girls standing side by side in LZR Elites this weekend, and one had water beading on it while the other didn't. One was straight out of the box, and the other had been worn for one previous meet. They oughtta last longer than that... wouldn't you agree? They still have great compression after a few swims, but the kids know there is a difference between new and used tech, even after the days of neoprene.
Fabric has to be permeable to get the FINA tag on the butt, and once it has that tag nobody questions whether the suit is legal or not. But what if you could find a permeable fabric that could be made water repellent after purchase? Admit it. Everyone out there knows at least one person who smelled like Rain-X at the big meet. People have tried it... trust me.
Well, believe it or not, the day has not just come... Science has done better than we could have imagined. Nanotechnology has evolved to the point that now electronics and even fabrics can be made not just waterproof, but SUPERHYDROPHOBIC. There is a big difference between those two terms. I think the big meet just added a new step in preparation: taper down, shave down, suit up, spray up.
Watch these videos and then please reassure me that FINA is already developing a test for this. You will see that it does not limit itself to fabric... it works on skin as well. And it is not that you just don't get wet: Water apparently just moves out of your way. It is invisible and it will be on the market soon. I am absolutely certain that I am not the first person to have looked into this. I guarantee that as soon as Yahoo! News broke the story that there will soon be a spray that can waterproof an iphone, all those coaches out there smarter than me were on it and probably got a foot in the door to get their hands on it first for testing. Check it out.