NU Head Coach Katie Robinson Comments on Big Ten Success, Honest Effort DQ

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We sat down with Northwestern head coach Katie Robinson to discuss the wildcats performance at the 2021 Women’s Big Ten championships. Overall, it looked like the women came out swinging, putting themselves in a tight battle with Indiana for 3rd place for much of the meet and overall finishing in 4th. Robinson also gave her thoughts on the “Honest Effort” DQ that one of her swimmers garnered on night 4 of the meet.


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pete kennedy
2 years ago

The rule for honest effort came about because of the NCAA men’s championships held at West Point where Ray Buzzard had his 2 100 freestylers swim to 5th and 6th place finishes (only 6 places in those years) to save their energy for the 400 free relay.

Ray Bosse
Reply to  pete kennedy
2 years ago

That incident at the 1972 NCAAs at West Point was the catalyst event that caused the rule to be created.

It was in the 100 butterfly final that Dave Edgar went 56.7 (49.9 in prelims) and John Trembley went 57.3 (49.8 in prelims). Both were resting for the 400 free relay which was the next swimming event after the 3 mt dive finals. Tennessee was trying to win the free relay to stay ahead of UCLA which they did by two points. It did allow Indiana to go 1,2,4 in the 100 fly and go ahead of USC. The crowd knew it and did not react favorably to what Edgar and Trembley did.

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