Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association (CCSA) – Men and Women
- Wednesday, February 20 – Saturday, February 23
- Liberty Natatorium, Liberty University, Lynchburg, Virginia (Eastern Time Zone)
- Defending Champion: Incarnate Word men & FGCU women (4x) (results)
- Live results
- Live Video
- Championship Central
- Format change: Women will score 3 finals, with 9 in each final. Men will score 2 finals, with 9 in each final.
Defending champions Florida Gulf Coast University opened the 2019 CCSA Championship meet yesterday with 2 wins, but also a big blow to its chance at a 5th-straight title: its 800 free relay was disqualified for an early departure after touching second behind Liberty’s Hannah Baker (1:48.95), Emily Zimcosky (1:46.66), Emily Manly (1:48.15), and Mikayla Herich (1:49.70) who combined for 7:13.46.
On Thursday, though, FGCU appealed the decision, and after review, its 800 relay was reinstated.
The FGCU coaching staff filed a formal appeal to officials about abnormalities in the judging pads. Indeed, looking through the results, the recorded reaction times are all over the place. In the men’s 200 medley relay, for example, 16 swimmers have no recorded time (“NRT”) whereas in the women’s 200 medley, RTs are routinely recorded between .3 and .5. Reaction times that looked fairly conservative to the naked eye in some races were registering as incredibly-tight exchanges.
In another incident, the CCSA meet was stopped after 4 heats of men’s 50 free because of an issue with the timing system and all four heats had to be reswum.
With the reinstatement, FGCU’s Linda Shaw (1:49.14), Toni Baerens (1:48.68), Hannah Burdge (1:51.38), and Liz Zeiger (1:51.58) earned 62 points with their second-place finish of 7:20.78. Because of the diving results, in which the Eagles only fielded 3 divers, they move up to third place in the overall team standings after the first day of competition.
Women’s Team Standings After Day 1:
- Liberty– 245
- Incarnate Word – 242
- Florida Gulf Coast – 197
- Georgia Southern – 195
- UNC Asheville – 132
- Howard – 120
- Campbell – 118
- Gardner-Webb – 108
- North Florida – 100
Men’s Team Standings After Day 1:
- Incarnate Word – 138
- Florida Atlantic – 108
- Old Dominion – 105
- NJIT – 93
- Gardner-Webb – 80
- Mount Saint Mary’s – 60
- Howard University – 56