WOMEN’S 200 FLY
- NCAA record: Elaine Breeden (2009), 1:49.92
- American record: Elaine Breeden (2009), 1:49.92
- U.S. Open record: Elaine Breeden (2009), 1:49.92
- Championship Record: Kelsi Worrell, Louisville, 1:50.61
- 2016 NCAA Champion: Kelsi Worrell, Louisville, 1:50.96
Texas Assistant Coach Roric Fink posted a video snippet of Remedy Rule‘s first breakout in the 200 fly final on Twitter Saturday night, hours after Rule was disqualified for remaining submerged past the 15m mark.
Swimming instructional video: textbook butterfly breakout at 15m. #welldone #hookem pic.twitter.com/0x69iWbkq5
— Roric Fink (@RoricF) March 19, 2017
In the video above, you can see Rule’s head break the surface of the water very close to the red lines which indicate the 15m mark, and the official posted along that mark immediately raises their hand to indicate a DQ.
The USA Swimming rule book states, “It shall be permissible for a swimmer to be completely submerged for a distance of not more than 15 meters (16.4 yards) after the start and after each turn. By that point, the head must have broken the surface.”
If you have access to the archived ESPN video, you can go back and take a look at it yourself from a different angle, but again, it appears that all you can say for sure was that it was very close.
Rule touched 3rd in the race before the DQ became official, and that cost the Longhorns dearly in the team standings. Had Rule not been disqualified, those 16 points she would have earned would have put them well ahead of the Georgia Bulldogs for 4th place. Instead, Georgia finished ahead of Texas by a mere half a point margin, with the Longhorns settling for 5th.