The British championships began here last night with Olympic places up for grabs and teenage talent in the spotlight, but swimsuits as much as the athletes inside them remained the sport's hottest talking point.
Wales' Jemma Lowe, 17, smashed the British record in the 200m butterfly heats, clocking 2min 6.64sec, to wipe more than two seconds off the old mark. It was the second fastest time in the world this year, the ninth fastest ever, and reinforces hopes about Britain's emerging generation in the pool.
In the women's 100m freestyle heats, Scotland's Caitlin McClatchey clocked a new British best of 54.31sec. But arguably as impressive was 17-year-old Fran Halsall, whose record McClatchey broke. Halsall visibly eased up in her own heat, when on course for a world record, presumably to save her best for this morning's final.
At last week's European championships in Eindhoven, Halsall anchored Britain's 4x100m medley relay gold medalists, with Lowe in the quartet.
As for the suits: LZR Racer or TechFit PowerWeb? The first is made by Speedo in association with Nasa. It has been worn by athletes who have broken an astonishing 17 world records since it was launched last month.
The second is made by adidas, and incorporates the "compression technology" used in figure-hugging gear worn by sprinters such as Tyson Gay with "thermoplastic …