FGCU Women’s 800 Free Relay Reinstated; Eagles Move to 3rd in Day 1 Standings

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:

  1. Liberty– 245
  2. Incarnate Word – 242
  3. Florida Gulf Coast – 197
  4. Georgia Southern – 195
  5. UNC Asheville – 132
  6. Howard – 120
  7. Campbell – 118
  8. Gardner-Webb – 108
  9. North Florida – 100

Men’s Team Standings After Day 1:

  1. Incarnate Word – 138
  2. Florida Atlantic – 108
  3. Old Dominion – 105
  4. NJIT – 93
  5. Gardner-Webb – 80
  6. Mount Saint Mary’s – 60
  7. Howard University – 56


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This meet must be fantastic to be at. What a clown show.


It’s blueface babyyy… yeahaight

This is a good story.


I can tell you that Coach Jake tested all of the equipment at least three times before this meet. The only time the RJP did not work was when we were practicing Relay starts… as Coach Jake wanted us to be as close to 0.0 as possible

Have you seen the VIP hospitality at this meet… Over the top


I’m going to assume the VIP hospitality is the same thing Trump serves at the White House. McDonalds, Wendy’s, Burger King.


A smart coach aims for 0.1, not 0.0
That’s how you end up with DQ’s

I just wanna know relay splits

No one had made personal accusation about Jake, it’s just faulty equipment. LU wants to tout its facility as state of the art and next level, but can’t get the timing system to work. Truly a bizarre problem, but there has to be some acknowledgement of issues for anyone to feel bad for Jake and the program.


Time to make a warranty claim and get the system replaced.


It’s Daktronics right?


Yes – Daktronics system

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