It's time for the other side of the region entry story. Not up on that one? Catch up here.
The rationale for allowing the competitor at a region meet to swim in what appeared to be a fifth event can be found in NFHS Rule 3.2.2. This rule allows a competitor to be scratched - without penalty - from an event in case of illness/injury.
Many of us disagree with the way this was interpreted. The UIL has let the ruling stand.
While an athlete in this situation should not be penalized as a no-show (which would DQ him/her from the rest of his/her events), he/she was entered in the event and it should still count as a swim!
This interpretation opens up a HUGE can of worms. Think of the possibilities, folks!!
The National Federation rule book should be updated to contain a situation that describes the scenario.
Any of you younger coaches want to submit your first rule change? How about asking that 3.2.2 Situation F be added?
Take any wiggle-room out of 3.2.2 and tell officials if this interpretation was "legal" or "illegal"!