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AUBURN, Alabama, March 15. THE first evening of the NCAA Division I Women's Swimming and Diving Championships were delayed 15 minutes due to a pool measurement issue in Auburn, Ala. The first evening will commence at 7:15 p.m.
According to an anonymous source close to the situation, a measurement took place prior to prelims which had the pool setup correctly. However, when California set a U.S. Open and NCAA record at the end of the first day of prelims, a measurement was taken again. At that time, California's lane was found to be compliant, however some other lanes were said to have been out of proper measurement.
Facility personnel worked feverishly during the break between the diving and final sessions to bring the bulkhead back into complete compliance.
An official statement was requested by Swimming World. Meet management explained that no official statement would be made on this issue. However, they confirmed that measurements prior to prelims were correct. They also confirmed that an issue was later found and facility management fixed the bulkhead so that it would be compliant for the beginning of tonight's final session.
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