# UPDATE: Cal’s Carr Capitalizes on 100 Backstroke Re-Swim (With Video)

March 29th, 2019

## 2019 MEN’S NCAA SWIMMING & DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS

NOTE: This article has been updated from original publication following Carr’s re-swim

In what has already been a meet of extraordinary events, a failure to remove the backstroke wedge mid-race gave California sophomore Daniel Carr a re-swim opportunity in the 100 backstroke that carries serious consequences in the team race.

In his morning heat of the 100 backstroke, the wedge was not removed from Carr’s lane following the start, resulting in Carr flipping into the wedge at the halfway mark, clearly affecting his second turn.  He finished the race in 45.45, temporarily putting him just out of scoring position at 17th place.  While it’s impossible to determine the exact impact of the wedge, he appeared to lose some ground coming off the second wall (see embedded video below).  In addition, he was 45.09 leading off last night’s 400 medley relay, and his opening 50 of this morning’s race (before hitting the wedge) was 21.74, right in line with last night’s effort.

Carr was awarded a re-swim following the error, and he capitalized in a big way for the Bears.  Swimming alone out of lane 1–the same lane as his first swim–Carr clocked a lifetime best 44.86, good for fourth overall.  Notably, he flipped at 21.75, meaning Carr made up over a half second from his earlier swim during that second 50.

Beyond giving Cal an addition 11-20 points (assuming no disqualifications), the implications on the team race are magnified when also considering the Texas athletes in the events.  Prior to the re-swim 16th place belonged to Austin Katz of Texas, who will now be relegated to first alternate, and Ryan Harty was 6th place.  Katz led off the Texas 400 medley in 44.94 yesterday morning, so he was clearly capable of winning the consolation heat tonight.  Furthermore, that bumps Harty from lane 7 to a less-coveted outside lane in finals.

Outside of the team title race, the re-swim also knocked Alabama’s Zane Waddell out of the championship final.

Videos of both swims (including a very animated Dave Durden in each) are below:

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Swimming4silver
2 years ago

yikes, what a rookie mistake from the official

Seasoned official
2 years ago

If your picked as an official for this event there should be no rookies

Skip
2 years ago

That fool was sitting behind the block looking at his phone!

Joe
2 years ago

Pretty sure that is a stop watch

12Volt
2 years ago

Serious question, I don’t know the rule: If Carr swims the re-swim slower, is he stuck with that time, or can he take the fastest of the two? Not that anyone is likely to scratch, but going slower could bump him down the alternate list.

I_said_It
2 years ago

Irrelevant now.

swim4fun
2 years ago

Once you choose re-swim, the previous time is erased

NCSwimFan
2 years ago

Correct. This happened at Cary Futures last summer, a bunch of swimmers were standing behind the blocks waving their hands (like during basketball free throws) at the start of the men’s 100 fly. The distraction caused four swimmers to false start and be disqualified. The referees gave all the swimmers the option to re-swim, but those who were not disqualified would be stuck with the time they swam the second time, even if it was slower. I believe two of those four, as well as all four DQed swimmers, chose to reswim.

Samesame
2 years ago

Find it so strange how close coaches and other swimmers can be to the pool. Not allowed in Australia . There is an exclusion zone around the pool over here just for officials .

Hmm...
2 years ago

Apparently an exclusion zone around the Olympic podium too……

Prison MIke
2 years ago

I didn’t get this reference, what are you alluding to?

Samesame
2 years ago

Hmm is referring to the lack of medals the Australians have won lately. Getting a bit old but anyway , each to their own

USA Official
2 years ago

Coaches and swimmers are both hazards near the pool, but I cut the swimmers a bit of slack because they are young and excited. But the coaches should know better than to be crowding the officials near the pool–I think they just do that to keep our eyes off the swimmers.

Mr Piano
2 years ago

Go Bears!

Joel Lin
2 years ago

44.8 !!!!!!!!!!

Daniel Carr is master of his domain. Gutty. Unreal. Awesome. Fantastic.

googoodoll
2 years ago

Dean Farris coulda done that time with a broken wedge in drag suit as he sings the Harvaaaaard fight song. BUT NICE SWIM for sure!!!

swim
2 years ago

I love the Dean jokes just as much as the next guy does but you have to know when/how much to add. They can get a little repetitive. No hate

Pvdh
2 years ago

Yea people are dropping them in places they shouldn’t be. Especially people who used to rage against them…

ERVINFORTHEWIN
2 years ago

totally with u guys on this one …..jokes are always better when placed appropriately

googoodoll
2 years ago

Some are incapable of appreciating advanced outside the box humor and digadiggy digging.

50free
2 years ago

Waddell went 44.7 swimming with clean water at SEC.

Ole 99
2 years ago

If one accepts that you are using the “master of his domain” phrase accurately… TMI

peter davis
2 years ago

You think Dave was excited? He almost ended up in the pool! Roll on you Beaaaaars

PhillyMark
2 years ago

That was a close one…if he fell in, would Carr have been deek’d?

Peter Davis
2 years ago
Obear73
2 years ago

Didn’t dave learn from childhood “don’t run around the pool area”! Fortunately he didn’t get seriously hurt.

What
2 years ago

This is suspect

Buckeyeboy
2 years ago

Why????

ERVINFORTHEWIN
2 years ago

with such a pseudo , i would say u are suspect LOL

2 Cents
2 years ago

Sounds like a bit of home cooking right here… Bribe the person to not take it out, go easy and see what happens, if you dont make it back then pull this card, or blame it on diving and how diving should’t count… oh wait, the meet is in Austin….. Sounds like reverse “fishyness” now. Can you imagine if this had knocked out a Texas swimmer from scoring?? Oh wait, it did. Uh Oh!!!!

SVIRD
2 years ago

Who are you trying to accuse of what?

2 Cents
2 years ago

Haha, no one of nothing… like I said below, just poking fun at the Cal and Texas fan bases in a light hearted manner.

A$AP Pocky Reply to 2 Cents 2 years ago 48 cents off from saying something intelligent 2 Cents Reply to A$AP Pocky
2 years ago

My comment was meant to be sarcasm and making fun of everything the Cal and Texas fans ever complain about. Dont take it seriously man.

SinkorSwim
2 years ago

Bruh come on, the dude was given a case of Shiner Bock by the Texas alumni to “forgetta bout it”.

2 Cents
2 years ago

First of all, Shiner is the texas version of piss water…. if you are going to make a joke about that maybe go with Tito’s or something else. Second, if you say “forgetta bout it” you should be referencing New York (maybe Jersey) but not texas. Oh.. or were you talking about Asap pocky not me?

The Wolf of Raleigh
2 years ago

I agree with you!

Cal and Texas fans are the most obnoxious fans out there.

Name
2 years ago

2 cents just outed himself as bobo gigi

Becky D
2 years ago

bobo doesn’t bother himself with “the bathtub.”

Meeeeee
2 years ago

I get your humor 2 Cents. rest of these people need to chilax

The Wolf of Raleigh
2 years ago

LOL this is the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever seen posted on a swimswam article

Becky D
Reply to  The Wolf of Raleigh
2 years ago

You new here?

Pkwater
2 years ago

He went out almost exactly the same first 50.
That must be a kick in the gut for Waddel and Katz, feel for those guys as they thought they were in.

Spectatorn