Connor Hoppe allowed to compete at high school championships, per executive committee vote

Potential national record-challenger Connor Hoppe will be allowed to compete at the Sac-Joaquin Section Championships this weekend.

Hoppe was originally ruled ineligible under high school section rules after he raced at the NCSA Junior Nationals representing his swim club. Sac-Joaquin section rules don’t allow athletes to compete for clubs other than their high school during high school season. Hoppe could have swum the competition unattached, but because he attached to Clovis Swim Club, he lost his eligibility for Tokay High School.

But today, the Sac-Joaquin Section’s three-person executive committee voted to reverse that loss of eligibility, allowing Hoppe to swim at the section championships (the highest championship meet for the area) this weekend.

The school will be fined $1000 for the administrative oversight, according to The Modesto Beebut Hoppe will not be held out of competition for the mistake. His younger brother Cameron will also be allowed to compete. He was ruled ineligible for the same reasons.

Hoppe will chase the 100 breaststroke National Public High School record of 53.24 set by Andrew Seliskar earlier this year. Hoppe has already been under that time, swimming a 53.12 at that NCSA Junior National meet that originally lost him his eligibility. He’s also got a shot at the Overall National High School record of 52.92 set by private-schooler Jacob Molacek earlier this season.

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UNBELIEVABLE
6 years ago

Wow, well CA you should just do away with this rule – anything goes. While you are at it, make sure you allow 2-3 dolphin kicks off of each wall like you did last year, that way that record will be broken for sure. What rules???

klorn8d
Reply to  UNBELIEVABLE
6 years ago

someone’s salty

Swimmer Kid
Reply to  klorn8d
6 years ago

Very salty.

DISAPPOINTED
Reply to  UNBELIEVABLE
6 years ago

Totally agree with you. The entire bylaws and constitution should be scraped. I’m so tired of having to follow rules while others get free passes. Let’s see if this comment sticks since swimswam removed my first comment.

disappointed
Reply to  Jared Anderson
6 years ago

Jared, I apologize. A few days ago I did post a comment that didn’t make it past the moderators. I felt that perhaps the subject is sensitive to some and disagreeing comments were not welcomed (it surprised me) It seemed to me that several comments were gone (comments I didn’t write). I just looked at my e-mail and see that I did receive an e-mail stating that my comments weren’t removed. Perhaps there was a computer glitch. I didn’t realize that it was a problem to have two e-mail accounts. I see that people use user names like “swimmer kid”, “interesting”, “unbelievable” words that express how they feel – I didn’t think that was a problem.. I don’t recall using… Read more »

Admin
Reply to  DISAPPOINTED
6 years ago

DISAPPOOINTED – we explained this to you via email after your last several comments complaining about moderation. New users’ comments get sent to moderation as part of the filter to catch spam. Because of your tactic of hopping around on a thread using dozens of different user names and different email addresses for different comments, every comment you post gets sent to moderation.

Stick to a consistent user name and email address, and you will no longer have this issue.

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coacherik
Reply to  Braden Keith
6 years ago

Oh, SNAP!

UNBELIEVABLE
Reply to  UNBELIEVABLE
6 years ago

Actually not salty at all. My comments were not made with any malice towards either of the Hoppe’s, I am sure they are great kids and very talented to boot. THEY BROKE THE RULE. So logic would go as follows, we make rules, we expect ALMOST everyone to abide by them unless you are a “Potential national record challenger” in that case SwimSwam runs a story that creates a public outcry, and then a three panel group convenes and overturns the rule. Sounds logical to me the only problem is how about the 99.999% that have to follow the rule? the non “potential national record challengers” out there in CA??? This is not the first time this sort of thing… Read more »

Coach
Reply to  UNBELIEVABLE
6 years ago

This must be the coach who turned him in…

UNBELIEVABLE
Reply to  Coach
6 years ago

Coach – that’s ALL you got out of my comments??? “this must be the coach that turned him in…” Actually I am NOT the coach that turned him in I’m not a coach at all. I have no affiliation of any type to any party involved in this ruling. Your next comments will be that I have some “interest” in this ruling – I have none, I have nothing to gain or lose by this ruling. I am simply a fan of the sport. I bear no malice towards any of the athletes involved. While there are those out there that believe that this athlete should be allowed to swim regardless of the rules, I am not one of those… Read more »

Coach
Reply to  UNBELIEVABLE
6 years ago

Nothing is ever subject to change when it affects just the groundlings…. that’s life. With that said, you are assuming that the only reason they made the decision was because of said record. There are more than a few issues here: 1) Inconsistencies among regions (or whatever the moniker is) under the same umbrella 2) The A-Hole coach who waited until the last minute to report (d-move). 3) The swimmer waited out the first two meets and then joined the team after NCSA… I think Braden has brought up the discrepancy (or ambiguity) in the wording of that statute. As to you being a fan of the sport, barring this kid on a technicality would be asinine. It helps no… Read more »

UNBELIEVABLE
Reply to  Coach
6 years ago

Coach – agreed on the dubious timing regarding the coach who turned him in. Secondly, while I do not believe that this is the ONLY reason for the ruling it would be equally asinine to assume that it did not enter into it. Finally, sorry that I missed the humor.

respect the program
Reply to  Coach
6 years ago

According to the Merced Sun-Star: “Golden Valley Principal Aguilar was boosting about Hoppe’s performances at these club meets during board meetings”. None of us really know who turned him in.

Mark Cianciolo
Reply to  Coach
6 years ago

Okay I think I have a real good understanding of this situation, but can one of you please just answer thus one question. Does California HS league have a championship meet where multiple sections quaily and compete? If that answer is “yes” then do you see the big problem with having multiple rules for qualification and disqualification? If swimming X swims in one section, and swimmer Y swims in another, and they both swam at NCSA’s in the same events…..and then swimmer Y is disqualified from swimming in that same HS championship meet as swimmer X, do you nor see the problem…..and do you not see why the panel made the right decision? Now if each section only has it’s… Read more »

UNBELIEVABLE
Reply to  Coach
6 years ago

Coach – that’s ALL you got out of my comments??? I am NOT the coach that turned him in I’m not a coach at all. I have no affiliation of any type to any party involved in this ruling. Your next comments will be that I have some “interest” in this ruling – I have none, I have nothing to gain or lose by this ruling. I am simply a fan of the sport. I bear no malice towards any of the athletes involved. While there are those out there that believe that this athlete should be allowed to swim regardless of the rules, I am not one of those people. If the rule is a bad one – and… Read more »

Davis
6 years ago

Good move San Joaquin! It will be great to have the best compete.

Mark Cianciolo
Reply to  Davis
6 years ago

I second that motion

NONA
6 years ago

THE SWIMSWAM COMMENTARIAT HAS SPOKEN, AND SO IT SHALL BE

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Jared Anderson swam for nearly twenty years. Then, Jared Anderson stopped swimming and started writing about swimming. He's not sick of swimming yet. Swimming might be sick of him, though. Jared was a YMCA and high school swimmer in northern Minnesota, and spent his college years swimming breaststroke and occasionally pretending …

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