NC State’s 200 Freestyle Relay Title Pulled Away After Disqualification for An Early Takeoff

NC State slipped through prelims after appealing their disqualification and having the cal overturned. Freshman Ryan Held was called for an early take-off this morning with a -.03 reaction time. Tonight, Held was safe, but senior David Williams jumped on the anchor leg. His reaction time was not published in the results, but his first 25 split of 8.29 seemed a little too good to be true.

If their relay had been legal, that relay would have been NC State’s first ever NCAA relay title. They finished with a final time of 1:15.16. They also would have been the first non-powerhouse school to win a relay at the NCAA championships since Northwestern in 2007.

This is not the first time NC State has run into trouble with their exchanges. They had multiple relays disqualified last year at the NCAA Championships as well.

With the disqualification in the A final tonight, NC State loses all of their points for the event and Texas is bumped into first place with their time of 1:15.86.

For a full recap of the final session, click here. 

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Oldswimmer

Live video stream by Iowa is horrible compared to that from women’s NCAA. Too much zooming in on lanes, just show the race!

CT Swim Fan

Must be some good eyes to determine someone false started with a -.01 reaction time. How can the NCAA hold it’s championships and have “defective” equipment present and then not have back up available if there is a problem. This is a disgrace. I also am wondering about the Ohio St. and Louisville relays not being DQ’ed with much larger negative reaction times.

Paswim

Seeing -.01. Crushing. Heartbreaking. Talk about demons. Hope they can turn it around

KenSwim

Someone’s got some ‘splaining to do: NC State DQ for -.01, while Louisville and Ohio State have early starts that are much worse and they score? Where’s the Video that supports all this? And for a reaction time of less than -.09 a human can’t overrule and it is not a DQ. — NC State 1:15.79 DQ 1) Bilis, Simonas JR 2) r:+0.18 Held, Ryan FR 3) r:+0.22 Schiellerup, Areas SO 4) r:-0.01 Williams, David SR 12 Louisville 1:17.61 1:17.87 9 1) Dahlia, Thomas SR 2) r:-0.48 Carroll, Trevor SO 3) r:+0.14 Lindenbauer, Mhias SO 4) r:+0.21 Edelen, Rudy SR 12 Ohio St 1:17.81 1:17.87 9 1) Fleagle, Josh JR 2) r:+0.33 McHugh, Matt SO 3) r:+0.31 Appleby, Andrew SO… Read more »

Ken, I understand what happened today as this-

In the morning session, after NC State was called for the dq on the -.03 they used the video to determine that the equipment was not correctly calibrated (section 7 if I recall Gators post right).

From that point on, they used human judges only.

So the -.01 isn’t relevant. The finals dq was made by the human judges, I’m guessing they had 2 per lane and got dual confirmation that the anchor left early.

CT Swim Fan

Must be some good eyes to determine someone false started with a -.01 reaction time. How can the NCAA hold it’s championships and have “defective” equipment present and then not have back up available if there is a problem. This is a disgrace. I also am wondering about the Ohio St. and Louisville relays not being DQ’ed with much larger negative reaction times.

Queeny

The saddest part is for them to win by a considerably large margin of .7, they could have had slow starts and still won….

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