Michael Phelps has helped usher in the new era of swimming, choosing to wear the old-style textile swimsuit over the new high-tech suits at December’s “Dual In the Pool” meet.

Held in Manchester Aquatics Center, Manchester, U.K., the meet was a highly publicized competition between a U.S. team and a team of British, German and Italian swimmers. Phelps and his American teammates were victorious and set a world short-course record in the 4x100 meters medley relay; however, Phelps did not win gold in every race. He took third in the 100 free-style. FINA officially banned the high-tech suits, starting Jan. 1.