That was the rule, and according to the meet referee, Kate La Moreaux, herself once a coach of great note, there was no choice in the matter.
I don’t know if Wilbur got the opportunity to give the medal up, and I’m not sure if Rogers would want it.She climbed to the highest step of the awards podium in both cases, collecting medals and beaming. Rogers should not have been swimming in the 200 Medley Relay under rules that lump the Section IV tourney on Saturday with its Prelims on the previous Wednesday, held at another pool an hour away, in Watkins Glen.She had swum in the 200 Free Relay and 400 Free Relay on Wednesday, and those were supposed to be her events Saturday, along with the 200 IM and the 500 Yard Freestyle.All were in agreement that Rule 3 (regarding the number of races allowed per individual, and how they are determined) had been violated.Unfortunately, that resulted in the disqualification of the winning Medley Relay. Once you know how fast the other relays went in prelims, you can adjust your relays, as long as you adjust them with a swimmer who has not yet swum two relays in prelims. The girl is a wonderful girl from a wonderful team.