Suit Violation Shakes Up the CHSAA 4A Boys State Meet

by Spencer Penland 41

May 25th, 2018 High School, News

The Colorado High School Athletic Association (CHSAA) Boys 4A State Championships on Saturday, May 19th ended in dramatic fashion when a disqualification due to a suit violation left Discovery Canyon, which was leading by 20 points going into the last event, finishing 2nd by 8 points.

According to ‘Gazette Preps’, a local paper (click here for their full article), “Discovery Canyon led 194-174 over Windsor before the final event, but the Thunder did not compete. A swimmer wore a tech suit that violated the National Federation of High School Association’s rule on the size of swimsuit logos, said Thunder coach Dave Burgess.”

Sources tell SwimSwam that the swimmer was warned after the prelims 400 free relay on Friday the 18th that his suit did not comply with the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) suit restrictions on logo size, and the relay was disqualified before the start of finals on the Saturday the 19th.  We’ve also been told that it was the swimmer’s 4th race of the day before he was warned and the relay was subsequently DQ’d. Dave Burgess told SwimSwam that the suit in question was a European Arena suit that can be ordered online in the US, and that it’s legal for use under all governing bodies except NFHS.

For reference, both the USA Swimming and FINA policies on logo size are that the logo may not exceed 4.65 square inches, while the NFHS policy is that a logo may not exceed 2.25 square inches.

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Hillary Fontenot

Maybe the team should be fined but DQing the relay was not fair to the other kids on the relay.


The swimmer was warned his suit was in violation, he should not have risked it but he did, painful for the other swimmers , but that swimmer knew the risks


It says he was warned after prelims but DQ’ed before finals. Did he wear it to finals? Oh well, noone will be breaking that rule next year!


he could have taped over it or sharpie

Gamecock Dad

I disagree. These suits cost money. You don’t go to meets with multiple suits. Stupid rule!

J. Davis

A lot of money! I don’t remember him being warned!


Except that the rule is clear. The relay was punished by the rulebreaking athlete.


That’s B.S. The logo has nothing to do with performance.

Pac swim USMS

Interesting. The NHSF reports to be USOC. They can’t just make up a rule. It needs to be approved by the governing body. And if FINA’s rule is different then they need to justify why. In the mean time, coaches carry black sharpie pens for just such an emergency. If the violation was reported to the coach and coach did Nothing? Can we see a copy of the warning slip that was given to the coach? They want to have rules. Then everyone needs to follow them. Telling a kid that his logo is too big right before a race does NOT constitute delivering a warning. Let’s get the facts. And obviously this isn’t a competive advantage topic. Would love… Read more »

Does the NFHS report to the USOC? I’ve never heard that before, and can’t find any evidence of it on a quick Google. Seems improbable given that the NFHS has many rules different than the USOC and since WADA drug testers aren’t showing up at the door of high school football players.


The NFHS does not report to the USOC.


NFHS does not report to USOC, FINA, or USA. Separate rules, separate governing body.

Pat Laughlin

Rules are rules.


This isn’t ‘nam, there are RULES.

Arthur Curry

It is in the NFHS rulebook. The officials are there to make sure the competition is conducted within the rules in fairness to every team. There is no provision within the rules for fining a team for certain infractions, or for taking pity on relay team members. The only provision in the rules is a warning followed by a DQ.

The swimmer received a warning that he was in violation of the rules. He chose to ignore the warning. He, and his team, paid the price. It hurts, but in the end this is just a swim meet. Hopefully a life lesson was learned.


It says that there was a warning in the prelims followed by a DQ prior to the final. Does this mean that the swimmer put on the same suit for the finals and then the relay was DQ’ed when the swimmers were on deck immediately prior to the start of the race?

J. Davis

He was warned after the prelim relay but that was all. Then it turned into a DQ overnight. He never had an opportunity to not wear the suit. Of course, he didn’t wear the suit for finals.


If he swam in the illegal suit then they would have been DQ’d an not eligible for finals. A warning could have come before a swim if an official had noticed it. Once the child is at the blocks, in the pool or getting out it is too late for a warning. I would put this mostly on the coach with the child being secondary based on how well they were told the rules by the coach.

Swim Mom

This swimmer was warned after swimming the relay at prelims and that relay was dq’d 14 hours later after a “coaches meeting”. He never swam in that suit again. The same suit was being used in these Finals by another swimmer and he didn’t get even a warning. In addition, girls relay last year was given a warning after swimming in an illegal suit but wasn’t disqualified. There’s no consistency or fairness.

J. Davis

That’s crazy! The rule needs to be adhered to by all and should apply to everyone equally. If another swimmer had on the same suit and did not get a warning or DQ then there was intent and should be further investigated. That is just too blatant!

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