Edina won its third consecutive Class 2A state swimming championship Saturday night at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center after Minnetonka was crippled with disqualifications, news sources report.
The Minnetonka Skippers were originally awarded the team title at the end of the meet, winning by 49.5 points. Minnetonka won the 400-yard freestyle relay, the last event, and set a state record by .02 seconds, which sealed the meet victory. But just minutes after the team was bestowed the trophy, it had to hand it over to the Edina Hornets, the Pioneer Press reported.
Meet officials discovered that Minnetonka coach Dan Berve had submitted an incorrect lineup for the race. Such an error is considered an "illegal entry," so the Skippers were disqualified and the state record was voided, the Star Tribune reported.
At this point, Minnetonka would still have been able to win by 2.5 points. But Minnesota State High School League officials said they decided to look at Minnetonka's other relay lineups and discovered they had received incorrect lineups for all the relays, the Pioneer Press reported.
After their points were tallied with taking account for their disqualifications in all three relays of the meet, Minnetonka ended up fourth. Edina became state champion and Wayzata and Eden Prairie took second and third places, respectively, Swimming World Magazine reported.
Berve took the blame for the incorrect submissions and called it an "administrative error" on his part. After swimming several alternates in the prelims in all three relays, the Minnetonka coaches did not formally change their relay entry cards for the finals session. The correct swimmers were not listed on the relay cards, and one swimmer exceeded her maximum allowable events for the evening, the Star Tribune reported.