Back in the good ol' days, controversy in swimming tended to center itself over drug testing, Speedo LZR suits and wearing of wetsuits in open water competitions. But, it appears the race directors of the Big Shoulders Swim have taken controversy to a whole new level.
The Big Shoulders Swim in Lake Michigan really stirred up a shark's frenzy over its official race t-shirts and awards judging from the comments on the US Masters Swimming forums.
Photos of the Obama t-shirt and medals are brought to us by Blue Ollie.
Judging from the vehemence shown on the US Masters Swimming forums, whether for, against or indifferent, the race directors have certainly helped demonstrate the great divide between those who support the Democratic Party ticket and those who support the Republican Party ticket.
It is highly probable that this issue will be front and center - at least in the hallways and over meals - by the delegates to the upcoming US Masters Swimming annual convention in Atlanta from September 24-28.
Whether it is America's next President, the Executive Committee of US Masters Swimming or the Big Shoulders race organizers, these individuals will need to do a whole lot of healing, explaining and compromising in the near future for our country and the swimming community to come together again for our collective good.