Traditional Breaststroke and Mixed Relays
FINA has decided to maintain the status quo in breaststroke for the time being. As I discussed before, allowing More Fly Kicking in Breaststroke may well make the stroke faster, and will let IM swimmers do better, but will begin an evolution away from the traditional look of the stroke.
They’ve also added Mixed Relay events:
They are also for the first time recognizing Mixed Relays, which will be made up of two men and two women. FINA will begin recognizing World Records in those events, and expect to see them on the World Championship schedule as soon as 2015 (as the European Championships have already committed to include them).
That sounds exciting for televised meets. In Masters competition, we already have mixed relays and mixes of different age groups. Purists will object to adding more events, but it is a great way to get more team members involved in scoring points for the team.