There was somewhat of a dilemma after the first session of the 2014 NCAA Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships on Thursday afternoon. San Diego State’s Anika Apostalon was ascribed for a pair of tie-breakers: she’s on both the 200 free relay that tied for 16th and swam the 50 free individually where she tied with Texas’ Ellen Lobb for 8th in 22.01.
So at 2:12 Central Time, she’ll swim two swim-offs…at once.
After a lot of discussion, San Diego State brought up that they planned to put the freshman Postalon as the leadoff on their relay. So it was proposed, and agreed to, that Lobb would swim next to Apostalon on her own, so while Apostalon was swimming for her team’s relay spot, she’ll also be swimming for her individual spot.
This is a great, creative and “makes sense” solution to the problem that we really need more of in swimming.