Tennessee DQed in 4×100 Medley Relay for Lochte Rule

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The Tennessee Volunteers finished sixth in the women’s 4×100 medley relay at the women’s NCAA championships, but the team was disqualified for a stroke violation, reported as the freestyle swimmer “swimming in a style of backstroke” — also known as the Lochte rule.

The Lochte rule is invoked when a swimmer performs  underwater dolphin kicks closer to his or her back past vertical in medley swimming, as in IM or a medley relay. Stanzi Moseley, the Tennessee anchor, reportedly kicked on her back in a style that would be legal in an individual freestyle event or in a freestyle relay.

The Volunteers were in third place before the DQ, and even after the DQ, they remained fourth, just one-half point behind Texas (109 to 108.5).

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4 years ago

GBO

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4 years ago

This rule is moronic!!!

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4 years ago
Reply to  Brian Cameron

It is a repetition of backstroke if still on back when first kick or stroke is taken. Just be glad they are calling dolphin kicking off start or turn in streamline for free isn’t repetition of fly.

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4 years ago
Reply to  Brian Cameron

I understand the rule. It goes against everything we teach the athletes for freestyle push-offs. Come off on your back and transition to stomach using fast fly kicks. They might as well call a swimmer doing Fly kicks off the wall on the stomach, butterfly. At least it would be consistent.

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Leander
4 years ago
Reply to  Brian Cameron

Only if you don’t understand the point of a medley.

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4 years ago
Reply to  Brian Cameron

It’s a stupid rule. Why does it need to be there? The fifteen metre rule should cover it

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Leander
4 years ago
Reply to  Andrew Webber

The point of swimming a medley is to demonstrate competence in four different strokes so the rules require that you do one quarter of the race in four different strokes, starting and finishing each stroke the way you start them in a race of that stroke (starting and finishing on the back for backstroke and finishing on the front for the other three stokes). The reason for all the trouble now is that Ryan Lochte decided to cheat to win the 200 IM at FINA Worlds by kicking on doing the underwater for his fourth leg on his back. FINA decided that wasn’t technically prohibited by the rules so they let it go and then changed the rules to explain why it was wrong. So, now we are DQing kids for making a mistake because Ryan Lochte decided to cheat.

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4 years ago

Yes stupid as stupid is!

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4 years ago

Dumb rule

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4 years ago
Reply to  Ken Minneman

Why? Leaving wall on back and taking a stroke or kick is backstroke. That’s repetition of a stroke.

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4 years ago
Reply to  Ken Minneman

It has been in the USA Rule Book for 3 years. It falls under swimming more that 1/4th of the race in backstroke. Good for the Official making the call.

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Reply to  Ken Minneman

Janet Ellis-Cranmer I understand that but then why isn’t dolphin kick in free from the start and turn a repetition of fly?

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4 years ago

Edwin Schuessler, Tammi Sturm, Kim Nix-Schussler

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4 years ago

For violating the Lochte rule.

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4 years ago

Erin Weaver

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4 years ago

Oscar Breakwell

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4 years ago

How does this even apply to relays?!

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4 years ago

Isnt it called FREE-style?

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Leander
4 years ago
Reply to  Scott Perry

No, the rules for a medley (individual or relay) have always specified that the last quarter of the race must be swum using a different stroke from the first three.

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4 years ago

Know the rules in an IM. There is a rule and she was in advatage by not following it. If she hates the rule she should work on overturning the rule instead just deciding not to follow it and cheat.