Riley Scott entered Saturday’s final session of the 2015 North Coast Section Championships as a heavy favorite to win the titles in the 100 breaststroke and 200 IM races, but a protest robbed her of the opportunity to win her first title in the former of those events.
Scott was the defending section champion in the 200 IM, and placed 2nd in 2014 in the 100 breaststroke – 1.4 seconds faster than any other returning swimmer.
Scott cruised to a 1:01.86 second seed in prelims, but when finals arrived on Saturday, her lane was occupied by the eventual champion Marie-Claire Schillinger (whose finals 1:01.12 would’ve given Scott all she could handle anyway).
According to SwimSwam’s Dean Ottati, the explanation given was that Scott did not have a CIF accredited coach on deck during her 100 breaststroke prelims swim, as compared to prelims of the 200 IM where she did. After a protest was filed, Scott’s 100 breaststroke prelims swim was disqualified and she was unable to race in finals.
The head NCS representative was the only one authorized to answer questions about the incident, but he was unavailable for comment after the meet.
As documented in Petaluma360.com, Scott was allowed to swim time trials in prelims of her league championship meet, but not participate in finals: a brokered solution between her coaches and the meet director after complaints from other coaches in the league about Scott’s relative lack of participation in the high school season.
Scott is a senior who has signed to swim at USC, and was the only Petaluma High School swimmer at the North Coast Section meet.