There was an east and west regional with the top eight swimmers from each meet qualifying for state. The next eight qualifiers for the meet come from the next eight fastest times from either regional.
It’s a system that both rewards and punishes athletes, because any mistakes made in the regional final are magnified and could cost a swimmer their shot at state. At least one swimmer was disqualified from Saturday’s final due to a false start, something infinitely more punishing under the new rules.
Whatever the rules change, things didn’t change much for the Tigers and Timberwolves. Nicholson said they qualified about the same number of kids in years past, and the T-Wolves still walked away with the regional title.
If Wu has his way, that will be just a stepping stone.
“Winning this meet wins a lot,” he said. “It gives us more confidence to know we can win state next week.”
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