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SANTA CLARITA, California, May 12. THIS roster for this weekend's Sac-Joqauin sectional high school championships in California just increased by two this afternoon, as Connor and Cameron Hoppe won their appeal to compete at the season-ending meet.
According to an article last week in the Modesto Bee, brothers Connor and Cameron Hoppe were in violation of a rule in the Sac-Joaquin section that forbids a swimmer from representing a USA Swimming team during the spring swimming season. The Hoppes had swum for Clovis Swim Club at last March's NCSA junior nationals in Orlando, about two months into the California high school season, while also representing Golden Valley High School.
Sac-Joaquin Section Commissioner Pete Saco told the Bee that violation of the rule meant the two would not be able to swim in the sectional meet, which runs Thursday through Saturday. Connor Hoppe was set to be a multiple titlist and challenge the national record of 52.92 in the 100 breast. Hoppe's best time stands at 53.12 from the NCSA meet, where he placed second.
Had the Hoppes swum unattached at the meet, they would not have been in violation of the rules and would have been able to swim in the meet without having to stand in front of an appeals board today.
According to an article on the Bee's website today, Golden Valley High School will be fined $1,000 for the rule violation.
Modesto Bee report on appeal victory
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