Tennessee’s Peter Stevens Disqualified in SEC 100 Breast Prelims

During day 4 preliminaries of the 2016 SEC Championships, Tennessee breaststroker Peter Stevens was disqualified in the 100 breast and will be unable to compete for an individual SEC title. The officials called the DQ due to a dolphin kick motion during Stevens’ finish.

Stevens was well ahead of his heat this morning, swimming to a 51.9 before the DQ was called. That time would have put him at 3rd in the nation this year and set him up the top qualifier heading into finals. He was the only swimmer to break 52 seconds in prelims.

Stevens’ DQ bumped Mizzou’s Jordy Groters, who finished behind him in his prelims heat, into the top 8, and left Mizzou’s Fabian Schwingenschlogl as the top seed. It also left Tennessee with no A-finalists tonight.

Before today, Stevens was 5th in the nation with his 52.35 from the Tennessee versus Georgia Dual meet in January. That time could still earn him a chance to redeem himself in this event at NCAAs in March. It took a 52.97 to be invited to last year’s NCAAs.

With the 200 breast and 400 medley relay still to come at this meet, Stevens will get a chance to race again before the meet concludes.

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5 years ago

Can he time trial the event?

Reply to  VFL
5 years ago

He can, but only once at this meet.

5 years ago

From the stands it looked like he had a dolphin kick going for pretty much the entire 100. I feel bad for him, and I’m sad we wont get to see him and Fabian race, but I think it was a good call

Freds Got Slack
Reply to  MD
5 years ago

Wow! Great eye! No official even saw the dolphin kick on every stroke… You must be a breaststroke fly kick aficionado!

5 years ago

Tennessee has it coming to them. All their breakstrokers are doing ridiculous dolphin kicks!!!!

Straight Slackin
Reply to  SECfan
5 years ago

Couldn’t agree more SECFan… They’re known cheaters at Tennessee

Reply to  Straight Slackin
5 years ago


A whip kick is not a dolphin kick. They are turning their feet out, and this is not illegal.

Marsha G
Reply to  SECfan
5 years ago

That’s really interesting. When Matt Kredich coached at Brown, all of his swimmers (mostly the women) had the fly kick thing going on. I wonder if it’s a way he’s teaching the technique of the stroke?

5 years ago

Anyone have video of his heat?

Hilary C
5 years ago

I heard the referee is voting for Trump. Stevens is Slovenian… just sayin

5 years ago

I haven’t seen the race, but BR can have a feet-together up kick. The feet can travel up awards during the finish of the kick, but if they go in a quick, purposeful downward motion, then you have yourself a DQ.

I have kids who we work on this with, the upward kick, only because it helps them finish the stroke with an overall higher body position. It hides the feet and on some cases helps with the chest press.

5 years ago

Don’t mistake pressing in on the chest and bringing the hips up for a dolphin kick. Seeing the hips rise out like butterfly can give that illusion. You have to watch the feet…

The feet will follow the hips upward..it’s important to really define the finish of the kick so there is no propulsive downward movement. If one gets lazy defining the end of the kick the feet can come down and cause a dolphin kick.

5 years ago

I really like his swimming cap! The nice big orange T for Princeton Tigers! Way to swim fast and represent!

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