Final Decision: Times From ISCA Meet Will Be Adjusted Then Approved

USA Swimming has confirmed today that times taken with the faulty Daktronics equipment at the 2018 ISCA Junior National Cup in Virginia last weekend will be confirmed, with an adjustment.

The issue, first noticed by spectators and hawk-eyed fan-timers, was a result of miswiring in 2 of the 3 Daktronics timing boxes owned by meet host Liberty University. The manufacturer says that they are confident that the error, which has to do with whether the clock starts at the start of the signal or the end of the signal, can be accurately-adjusted by .39 seconds to get real times for swimmers. The adjustments will be applied to the Tuesday distance session, Wednesday prelims, Wednesday finals, Wednesday time trials, Thursday prelims, and Thursday time trials sessions. A “temporary fix,’ believed to be as simple as flipping a switch on the console, was enacted beginning with Thursday’s finals session.

In spite of 2 boxes from the same batch being miswired, Daktronics tells SwimSwam that they “believe this concern to be isolated” and that they don’t think there are any other miswired boxes around the country.

Besides being a significant, mostly eastern, championship meet, the adjustment and ratification of the times is important because there were several National Age Group Records set in the impacted sessions.

Among the times that should still count as records are the TAC Titans’ 13-14 200 yard medley relay, which was originally timed at a 1:41.86, but is now adjusted to a 1:42.25. That’s still well-under the old record of 1:43.15.

The Mason Manta Rays’ boys’ 200 yard medley relay should also be ratified as a 15-16 record, with their original 1:28.46 being adjusted to a 1:28.85, which easily beats the old record of 1:31.29.

Among the casualties of the adjustment was the 17-18 National Age Group Record and 8th-fastest performer-in-history-mark by Michael Andrew in the 100 breaststroke. He originally touched in 50.79, which adjusts to a 51.18. That’s still his personal best time, but leaves him just behind Reece Whitley‘s 51.16 earlier this year as the fastest-ever by a 17-18.

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Didn’t MA go 50.79? That would put him ahead of Whitley

Swammer from Wakanda



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Bub, did you even read the article, bro?

Swammer from Wakanda

To be fair, it initially had his prelims time in the article. I just broke down the math saying final time was correct.


And the college coaches at the previously held last chance meet never noticed (ha) or reported the issue. They have no ethics.




That statement is pretty harsh and overstated. First off, Liberty had 3 starters and 2 were miswired. Those results could be accurate. Secondly, last chance meets are very small. The sample size of seeing results is much smaller than a full meet. Finally, the difference is .39. That is significant in results compared to the big picture but if a swimmer throws down a 2 minute swim for a best time. I don’t think your first response is the timing system must be off.

It is a sad situation that occurred. I don’t think calling out coaches ethics at this event is fair or informed.

B1G Swimmer

Or maybe they weren’t hand-timing all of their swimmers’ races and trusted that the timing system was accurate as it should be?


Maybe they used the mic that was correctly wired for that meet?


To think that coaches at this meet purposely ignored the issue is preposterous. Had anyone known about the error in advance, it would have been fixed prior to the ISCA meet. To assume otherwise is absurd – why would anyone “hide” it only to risk the embarrassment that became ISCA 2018? The comments below seem more logical and rational: The coaches in attendance may not have been hand-timing, or for all we know, the working starter may have been used. FWIW the 50’s at this last chance meet weren’t all that fast compared to conference results – 4 of the 6 women’s NCAA cuts were in events 200 and up…the time difference for a 200 or mile wouldn’t be something… Read more »

Swimmer A



I wonder what the scientific basis is for Daktronics’ belief that this is an isolated issue and that they don’t think there are any other miswired boxes around the country?


Well, realistically speaking, Daktronics would believe that it would be an isolated issue to prevent loss of future sales, given that if all of them were faulty, Daktronics would lose all consumers.


I wonder why the meet director or head official didn’t notice that the sheets with the hand times were consistently 0.4 seconds slower than the touchpad times. Also, why they didn’t listen to the chatter on day 1 from timers, coaches, and spectators that there might be a timing problem. Casual readers of Swimswam were aware of a possible problem after the first evening, yet meet officials didn’t acknowledge it until the evening of day 3, after it was reported in the press, and coaches threatened to pull out of the meet.

Coach John

I dont think it would “consistently” be .4 slower as there is a factor of human error and that alone is probably .2-.4 so he would see anything from .6-.8 off. that alone would be more telling than a .4 off

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