2018 WOMEN’S B1G TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
- February 14-17, 2018
- Columbus, Ohio
- McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion
- Live Results
- Championship Central
- Live Stream (BTN Plus subscription required)
There was a bit of controversy at the beginning of the Women’s B1G Championships concerning the Ohio State 200 medley relay. While reaction times showed that both Michigan and Ohio State’s 200 medley relays should have been disqualified, points were awarded to OSU for that relay, while the Michigan relay was still disqualified and awarded no points.
The live results show that the OSU breaststroker Hanna Gresser registered a -.09 exchange, while Michigan anchor Daria Pyshnenko was -.06 on her exchange. Read the NCAA rules on relay disqualification below, from Article 6c (page 41 of the rulebook):
If the electronic relay takeoff equipment detects an exchange differential (takeoff pad time minus finish pad time) of –0.09 through +0.09 second inclusive from the manufacturer’s starting point, the decision(s) of the human judge(s) shall not be considered. The determination of the electronic relay takeoff equipment shall be official, with exchange differential of –0.09 through –0.01 second from the manufacturer’s starting point indicating a rules violation and values of 0.00 through +0.09 second indicating a legitimate relay exchange.
According to this rule, both relays should have been disqualified, without the ability for an official to overrule, unless there was evidence (per a video review) that the touch pads/electronic takeoff equipment were faulty.
There was some confusion and various stories floating around on deck about the DQ against OSU not ending up being counted, which would be a 54 point swing in the Buckeyes’ favor. The Big Ten issued a statement, seen below, stating that while the OSU relay was disqualified Wednesday night, the “disqualification was not administered correctly.” The championship committee then voted to officially enforce the disqualification on Thursday afternoon, meaning that both the Michigan and OSU 200 medley relays from Wednesday night will both be disqualified in accordince with NCAA rules and the relay exchange times noted in the live results.
BIG TEN STATEMENT:
During the 200-medley relay at the Big Ten Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships on Wednesday night, Ohio State’s relay was disqualified by the technology on site but the disqualification was not administered correctly. After a review of NCAA and Big Ten policies, the championship committee voted on Thursday afternoon to enforce the disqualification from the relay.
The decision is final and team scores have been adjusted accordingly.
This week’s Big Ten Championships are currently being held at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion at Ohio State University.