Swimming Reaction Lights of New York LLC and its partner, Trine University’s Innovation
One incubator, were among the exhibitors at the 2016 United States Aquatic Sports
Convention in Atlanta, Georgia.
The convention took place at Atlanta’s Hyatt Regency Hotel from Sept. 19-25.
The nation’s five major recognized water sports — water polo, diving, synchronizing
swimming and master’s swimming — were part of the event, which included rules and
regulation reviews and zone meetings as well as recognition for USA Swimming’s Swimmer
of the Year. About 1,500 attended the event.
Though the company’s flagship product was originally developed to help hearing-impaired
swimmers get a fair start in competition, Jason Blume, executive director of Innovation
One, said the partners were there to promote Swimming Reaction Lights as a standard
for the sport.
“The reality is today, through growth in usage of Swimming Reaction Lights, the National
Federation of Swimming as well as other users have identified that if the product
is used in just one lane for a hearing-impaired athlete it gives that athlete an advantage,
due to the simple fact that light travels faster than sound,” Blume said.
Swimming Reaction Lights provides technologies for the sport of swimming that are
designed to be friendly to those with disabilities and benefit all competitors. The
company is a spin-off of S&C Aquatic Specialists LLC and was started in September
2014 by owner and operator Nick Santino, a leading provider of specialized swimming
equipment in the state of New York.
The company’s signature product uses colored light tubes to allow swimmers the opportunity
to have more confident starts, faster reaction times on starts and overall faster
times. Swimming Reaction Lights turn red to signal swimmers to get ready, blue to
take their mark and green to go.
The company also manufactures and sells control boxes, custom deck plates, attachment
systems, wireless activation systems, attachment systems, microphones, connectors
Swimming Reaction Lights are manufactured and shipped by Innovation One at Trine University
in Angola, Indiana, the first product to be commercialized through Trine’s Innovation
One incubator. The product was launched initially in New York and Indiana and is expanding
to a nationwide market.
On April 1, Reaction Lights will introduce a starting light system for track and field,
and the company has similar products planned for other sports.