Alyssa J. Ha & Paul M. Sommers 

Journal of Student Research (2012) 1: 10-14   


The authors examine the impact of high-tech suits on swimmers in the New England Small College Athletic Conference championships in 2009. The effect these high-tech suits had on drop times (that is, the difference between a swimmer's best in-season time prior to the championships and their best time in the preliminaries or finals of the championships) in the backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly was far greater for men than for women when compared to their drop times in 2010 (the first year of the speed suit ban) and 2008 (one year before the introduction of the speed suits to collegiate swimming).

Keywords: Hypothesis Testing, t-tests 

Full article can be found HERE

Profiles of authors:

Paul M. Sommers (psommers@middlebury.edu) is a Professor of Economics at Middlebury College and proud member of the “Middlebury Muffintops,” a local swim club (so named because, for some of us, the fleshy “spillage” over the waistband of our swimwear resembles a “muffin top”). 

Alyssa J. Ha was graduated from Middlebury College in 2011 with a degree in Economics and History of Art and Architecture. Alyssa holds all-time “Top 20” school swimming records at various distances in freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly.

Other recent Sommers collaborations:

Raeder, Douglas A. and Paul M. Sommers, “Are Russians the Highest-Paid Goalies in the NHL?” International Advances in Economic Research, Vol. 16 (February 2010), pp. 132-133.

Fitzpatrick, Dylan J., Erin A. Toner, and Paul M. Sommers, “The Skinny on Obesity Rates and the U.S. Economy,” Vol. 38 (March 2010), Atlantic Economic Journal,  pp. 119-120.

Chong, Alyssa A. and Paul M. Sommers, “Real March Madness: Rewarding Schools for Low GSRs,” Atlantic Economic Journal, Vol. 39 (June 2011), pp. 201-202.

Somberg, Andrew K. and Paul M. Sommers, “Payrolls and Playoff Probabilities in Major League Baseball,” Atlantic Economic Journal, Vol. 40 (September 2012), pp. 347-348.

Ha, Alyssa J. and Paul M. Sommers, “Speed Suits and Swimming t’s,” Journal of Student Research, Vol. 1(1), 2012, pp. 10-14.

King, Sarah B. and Paul M. Sommers, “An Analysis of Immigration Rates by State,” Atlantic Economic Journal, Vol. 40 (March 2012), pp. 103-104.

Li, Jay and Paul M. Sommers, “A Study of High-Tech Swimsuits in College Competition,” Journal of Recreational Mathematics, forthcoming.

LoRusso, Matthew H. and Paul M. Sommers, “BABE: The Sultan of Pitching Stats,” Journal of Recreational Mathematics, forthcoming.

Fox, Alexandra A., Tucker P. Donahoe, John M. Yanchek, and Paul M. Sommers, “Is There a Road-Ice Advantage in NHL Shootouts?” Journal of Recreational Mathematics, forthcoming.

Mittnacht, Arthur E. and Paul M. Sommers, “Are Canadian NHL Hall of Famers Winter Babies?” Journal of Recreational Mathematics, forthcoming.

Crepps, Daniel A., Pathik R. Root, Benjamin K. Wessel, and Paul M. Sommers, “Eat Fresh, Be Happy?” Journal of Recreational Mathematics, forthcoming.