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.