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High-tech swimsuits the rage for Jackets ACC championships: Teams spend thousands to get edge of Speedo LZR Racers. By Ken Sugiura The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Wednesday, February 25, 2009 Tonight, Mickey Malul will squeeze into his $550 high-tech swimsuit to swim for Georgia Tech at the ACC championships. He will have a $79 hotel room to thank for it. By saving on hotel rooms and buses, and sometimes sleeping three swimmers to a room, the Jackets carved room in their budget to afford a virtually essential piece of equipment —- the Speedo LZR Racer suit, made famous by Michael Phelps at the Beijing Olympics. Bunking three to a room “wasn’t bad, because most of us already spend so much time together,” said Mauricio Sousa, school-record holder in the 50-yard freestyle. “At this stage right now, it is definitely that important.” The advantage of the LZR Racer and others like it is beyond debate. Of the 108 world records broken in 2008, 79 reportedly were set by swimmers in the LZR Racer.
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