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Paly girls' swim disqualification ruins title hopes

Original post made on May 23, 2011

==B CCS Championships==

Danny Dye had it all figured out. His Palo Alto girls' swim team would win the opening 200 medley relay and go on to claim the third Central Coast Section championship in school history. By his computations, the Vikings would beat long-time nemesis by 24 points.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Saturday, May 21, 2011, 9:16 PM

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Posted by Lori
a resident of Palo Verde
on May 23, 2011 at 8:01 am

It takes more than one official to disqualify a relay for a false start; at least two officials must independently see the same infraction. So, it wasn't "an official" who made the ruling.

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Posted by Crescent Park Dad
a resident of Crescent Park
on May 23, 2011 at 11:59 am

There should be separate divisions for public and private schools. The playing field(s) are level. The results would be far different if the privates had geographical restrictions.

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Posted by Crescent Park Dade
a resident of Crescent Park
on May 23, 2011 at 12:01 pm

"not" level...

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Posted by A parent
a resident of Esther Clark Park
on May 23, 2011 at 11:31 pm

It's hard to read this quote without flinching:

"I'm disgusted," Dye said of the official decision, after looking at a videotape of the race and not being able to discern whether Liang had left early. Another swim coach look at the tape frame and frame after the meet and believed there was no reason for disqualification.

Coaches coach. Officials officiate. Officials do not look at videotapes of coaches giving their kids race advice and snipe at the coaches. (Perhaps "safe starts" would have been good advice this year.)

Paly girls had the depth and talent to win this year, but they didn't. Teaching the kids to blame others, and taking the low road in a public forum is unfortunate. Talk about the kids who swam their hearts out, Danny. That's what it's all about.

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Posted by Agree
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on May 24, 2011 at 5:00 pm

I agree with A parent from Esther Clark.

How about taking the high road, accepting the result, demonstrating sportsmanship, and not teaching the kids to blame others?

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Posted by Agree2
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on May 24, 2011 at 10:27 pm

I have to agree as well. The coach may have said a bunch of appropriate things, too, of course, but let his frustration slip out and that's what made the paper. It's important for adults to keep on message with kids (as well as reporters!).

Nice job girls, and better luck next year.

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