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2014-2018 Ohio State Swimsuit

Description

Red and black competition Arena brand Powerskin Carbon-Flex swim suit made of woven elastane and nylon with carbon fiber shell. Body of suit is red tank style with narrow shoulder straps trimmed with black and low cut arm openings extending to 'X' back with oval opening below 'X'; black knee-length leg extensions; black compression bands where red and black fabrics meet; red inner legs reach up into back of suit; gray shadow line of modesty 'panty' visible through red and black fabrics; "Arena" and Ohio State logo on front chest and QVR code high on back left rear

Source

HCT.2018.9.1

Date

2014-2018

Provenance

Swimsuit was donated by Katie Antal, who was a member of the Ohio State University swim team from 2014-2018.

Arena is the manufacturer of the suit and posted this press release related to their suits on their website in 2018.
"In 2012, arena introduced a new term into the realm of contemporary swimming – Intelligent Compression. Using the company’s breakthrough technology, not only is compression of the swimmer’s muscles optimized, it kicks in when and where it is needed.
The secret behind this revolutionary concept is carbon fibre, with its intrinsic strength and stiffness, and highly favourable strength-to-weight ratio. By incorporating a carbon fibre cage into the weave of the swimsuit, the fibres lock down like a seatbelt as critical stretch levels kick in, giving maximum compression on over-extended zones, increasing support and control when and where it’s needed. At the same time, the stretch fabric retains its elasticity, remaining comfortable without affecting freedom of movement. For the swimmer, the result is a reduction in drag, improved efficiency, and an increase in power at the very moment they are drawing on the extreme reserves of their body’s energy.
Moreover, the strength of the carbon fibers also improves the suit’s surface integrity, which means there is less chance of tearing or damage that can result from extreme stretching when putting the suit on.
Intelligent Compression was a watershed in racing swimwear technology, and marked the birth of a legacy. In four short years, arena’s Powerskin carbon series of racing swimsuits has grown to include five leading-edge options: Carbon-Pro, Carbon-Flex, Carbon-Flex WCE, Carbon-Air, and in 2016, The Carbon-Ultra."

Decade

2010-2019

Files

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Collection

Citation

“2014-2018 Ohio State Swimsuit,” Fashion2Fiber, accessed August 19, 2019, https://fashion2fiber.osu.edu/items/show/5089.

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