Yesterday, we posted about how different conferences have their swimming officials positioned differently, and have different numbers of officials, for their championship meets. As the day wore on, we heard from more-and-more coaches around the country who were unhappy about the disparities.
Read that story here, along with a great Q&A with Brian Gordon of the NCAA about officiating rules.
On Friday morning, though, the staff, refereed and coordinated by Southern California Swimming Executive Director Mary Jo Swalley, has shifted, and there are now officials on the bulkhead.
This situation becomes more crucial in the current environment in college swimming. Once upon a time, NCAA qualifications were done based on swimmers meeting a time standard, but in the early 90’s, the ‘cap’ system was put in place, where one swimmer getting in to NCAA’s now means another swimmer is getting left out. That makes it so much more imperative that all qualifying swims are held to similar standards of scrutiny, and it appears as though the Pac 12 agrees.
We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as they become available.