Former UC Swimmer Schneider Takes Second At US Championships|
Aug. 6, 2010
CINCINNATI - Former University of Cincinnati swimmer Josh Schneider placed second in the 50-meter freestyle on what could be classified as an odd day at the 2010 ConocoPhillips National Championships at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center in Irvine, Calif.
Schneider swam 21.97 in the final, tying for second with Cullen Jones, finishing behind Nathan Adrian who won the race in 21.70. Adrian's time is the second fastest in the world this year while Schneider and Jones are tied for the fifth-best effort in the world this year.
The swim capped an emotional day for Schneider that saw him disqualified from the 50 freestyle for not showing up for an event (100 butterfly) he was not aware he was entered in, swim the preliminaries of the 50 freestyle under protest and qualify second, before being disqualified again and later put back in the field an hour before the gun went off. He swam the final on appeal.
Schneider was entered in the morning heats of the 100 butterfly and 50 free. He failed to show up or scratch out of the butterfly, which according to the rules meant he was ineligible to swim the rest of the day. His only other event Thursday was the 50 freestyle.
Schneider said he didn't know he had been entered in the 100 fly. He recently left Ohio to train in North Carolina.
"It's something I've never trained for," Schneider said. "I didn't even look in the heat sheet for my name."
Schneider's coach, David Marsh, appealed to the meet referee, who upheld the rule that he not be allowed to swim. However, he was allowed to swim the prelims under protest while Marsh appealed to the meet jury.
The jury upheld the meet referee's decision, but Marsh appealed a third time to a three-person national board of review. They upheld the original decision, triggering a fourth and final appeal to the board of directors.
"I've done what I could, I've pleaded my case," Schneider said. "I feel good about it. I'm going to rest pretty easily tonight."
"It was a draining day for Josh," UC head swimming coach Monty Hopkins said. "Because of everything that happened throughout the day, he did not have a great swim in the final. He earned his second place finish and hopefully the appeal goes his way."
If the result holds, Schneider would likely earn a place on the U.S. National Team for the 2010 Mutual of Omaha Pan Pacific Championships.
Schneider will swim the 100 freestyle on Friday and a five-person Board of Directors panel will be meeting in the coming day to make a final decision on Schneider's appeal according to USA Swimming's Bruce Stratton.
(Information from the Associated Press was used in this article)