Midlakes" title a tie - Race in question thrown out based on errors

By Matt Phelps

The Midlakes swimming league board ruled on Thursday on the protest by the Mercerwood Shore Club pertaining to the swim team's meet with Edgebrook July 14. The ruling makes the league's dual meet championship a tie for the second consecutive season.

Originally, the meet was won by Edgebrook 357-355, but the Shore Club protested the timing and results of the third-place finish in the girls 11- and 12-year-old freestyle relay.

``Since there was a timing failure and human error, the Midlakes board threw out the points for third place in that race,'' said Mercerwood Shore Club coach Daniel Seetin.

Third place for that relay was worth two points, making the meet a tie at 355-355. Since the Shore Club and Edgebrook Club swim teams each won their final regular-season dual meets, the teams have finished with identical records, making for a co-championship.

This is the second consecutive year that the Shore Club has been co-champions of the Midlakes summer swimming league. Last season the team tied with Newport Hills for the title.

The Shore Club defeated Newport Hills Thursday 419-293 during its final meet of the regular season. The team, along with the Mercer Island Country Club and the rest of the Midlakes swim teams, will compete Saturday, at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, for the Midlakes championship. The Mercerwood Shore Club won the meet last year.

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