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.