Ups And Downs: The Kierra Smith Disqualification Story Revealed

A ton of controversy surrounded the final of the 200m breaststroke yesterday at the Canadian Trials when Kierra Smith was disqualified for her elbows leaving the water on her recovery.

Smith touched the wall first, but was disqualified after the touch making Martha McCabe of TSC the pending 200 breaststroke national champion. Results were unofficial, and it was said that they’d be announced today at the start of prelims.

It was announced that the disqualification would stand, making McCabe the national champion.

Smith has another chance to make the team tonight in the 100m breaststroke where she’s the top Canadian seed, and second only to Breeja Larson. Smith was a 1:09.02 this morning with Rachel Nicol the second fastest Canadian with a 1:09.04.

Larson leads the charge with a 1:07.76.

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Jon Isaacson
5 years ago

I watched the video of the race and didn’t see Kierra’s elbows come out of the water once. Good thing these officials don’t officiate the NCAA meet. Or are the rules somehow different?

5 years ago

Any links to the video?

5 years ago

Video is here: at 2:01:00
Seems pretty clear that the elbows recover above the water.

Reply to  Anon
5 years ago

If her elbows recovered above the water then she would sink. This is not a call that an official can make without being 100% sure and the only way would be to have a camera on the water level and review it. The athlete always deserves benefit of the doubt. Worst case scenario – the official should have gone to her coach in the morning and said that he saw something he didn’t like and then called it at night if it was not fixed. Nothing about this event happened with the athlete’s best interest in mind.

Reply to  Stop
5 years ago

It would be highly inappropriate for a swim official to talk to a swimmer’s coach to warn them about something they didn’t like. It’s an infraction or it’s not; it gets called or it doesn’t. There are no ‘warnings’

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