2019 U.S. OPEN SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS
- December 4th-7th, 2019
- McAuley Aquatic Center, Georgia Tech, Atlanta, Georgia
- LCM (50m), Prelims/Finals
- Psych Sheets
- Live stream (all sessions beside A finals on Friday/Saturday)
- Live results
After swimming a time that would have made her the 2nd seed heading into Thursday evening’s finals, US National Team swimmer Madisyn Cox was disqualified.
A USA Swimming spokesperson says that the call was for pushing off the wall on her back on the back-to-breast turn. This is a rarely-called infraction, though many swimmers push the line of “verticality” in an effort to sneak that turn in a few-tenths faster.
Cox split 37.3 on that breaststroke leg in the second-to-last heat of the A flight, which pulled her away from Tristan Ulett and Torri Huske in her heat. The younger Ulett and Huske are both very good backstrokers and butterfliers, but their breaststroke isn’t as strong as Cox’s, whose counts it as her primary stroke.
Video of the offending turn, which doesn’t have a clear angle on the USA Swimming stream, can be seen around the 2:13.00 mark on Thursday’ mornings full-session replay.
Cox touched in 2:11.01 before being disqualified, which would have made her the 2nd seed in the final behind only Melanie Margalis (2:10.71). Cox earned a bronze medal in this event at the 2017 World Championships. She missed the 2019 World Championship team after being suspended for the trials event in 2018 for a positive doping test. That suspension was originally 2 years long, but would later be reduced to 6 months after Cox showed the source was a contaminated supplement.
Update: Cox swam a Time Trial in the 200 IM mid-day on Thursday and logged a 2:12.87.
University of Wisconsin senior Beata Nelson, the defending NCAA Champion in this event in yards, was disqualified as well, racing in the heat prior to Cox. Nelson was 2nd in her heat in 2:14.15, a time that through the “A” flights of the morning heats would have snuck her in to the “A” final, but just barely (by .02 seconds). Her lifetime best in the event is a 2:13.37.
Nelson was called for the same disqualification.
Nelson was in lane 3 for her race, while Cox was in lane 4.