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

by SwimSwam Staff 140

March 29th, 2019 College, News, Pac-12


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:

Daniel Carr‘s morning swim (wedge mishap):

Daniel Carr‘s re-swim:

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yikes, what a rookie mistake from the official

Seasoned official

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


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


Pretty sure that is a stop watch


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.


Irrelevant now.


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


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.


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 .


Apparently an exclusion zone around the Olympic podium too……

Prison MIke

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


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

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

Go Bears!