W. Pac-12s: USC’s #2 Transom DQed in 200 FR Prelims (UPDATE: DQ Overturned)

2020 PAC-12 WOMEN’S SWIMMING & DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS

UPDATE: As of now, the DQ has been overturned. Transom will be the 4th seed for finals. It was determined that noises at the start of the race may have sounded like the start buzzer, causing the false start.

That bumps Arizona’s Kirsten Jacobsen to the B final and UCLA’s Olivia Andrew to the C final. Washington State’s Ryan Falk is now the first alternate.

On day 3 of the 2020 Pac-12 Championships, USC’s Laticia Transom stepped up as the #2 seed in the 200 free. Transom, a sophomore, raced to a 1:44.75. However, she was ultimately disqualified for a false start. She was one of the favorites to win this race after she swam the fastest split of the field, a 1:41.80, in the 800 free relay.

Transom had set her lifetime best 1:43.27 at the Art Adamson Invitational in November. That took a second off her former best from 2019 Pac-12s. Last season, Transom tied for 9th in this event with teammate Tatum Wade.

This would have been a bigger setback in their battle with Cal for the #2 spot, but it evens out as Cal’s defending champion Abbey Weitzeil, the #1 seed, declared a false start. Both teams will have one swimmer in the championship heat. Wade will race for USC, while Robin Neumann will race for Cal.

Transom has been swimming very well here on the relays, setting a lifetime best 53.37 in the 100 back to lead off the 400 medley relay and splitting a 21.96 on the 2nd leg of the 200 free relay. However, she has yet to score individually. She declared a false start in prelims of the 50 free, where she was the 6th seed, and scratched today’s 100 back, where she was the 8th seed. Transom’s only other individual entry here is the 100 free. She’s the 2nd seed there behind Weitzeil.

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Dave
9 months ago

So who got bumped into the “B” final?

Beau
Reply to  Dave
9 months ago

I think it would be Kirsten Jacobsen

PacMom
9 months ago

How did he get it overturned? It took two judges to declare it This overturn took place AFTER all the other coaches and swimmers left the prelims session. His original protest after the event didn’t work. So thankful it’s his last season.

SwimFan
Reply to  Lauren Neidigh
9 months ago

7 other swimmers followed the rules, didn’t leave early and have to swim with times they earned with out a false start.

SwimMan1
Reply to  Lauren Neidigh
9 months ago

There was no sound. I was there. Phantom Sound.

PacMom
Reply to  SwimFan
9 months ago

I’ve watched the video of that start at least 10 times, with sound. I can’t imagine what sound Salo could be talking about.

Swimfan
Reply to  PacMom
9 months ago

Special rules for special swimmers. Bullied officials

SwimFan
9 months ago

there Was no sound- she FS!

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