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 Bee, but 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.