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Common Swim DQs

Freestyle:
  • Failure to touch the wall at the turning end of the pool.
  • Pushing off the bottom or pulling on the lane lines.
  • Exiting the pool before swimming the specified distance.
Backstroke:
  • Must stay on back entire race – can’t be on chest at any time except during a flip turn
  • Delay in initiating the flipturn after rolling onto the chest – it must happen in one continuous motion once the swimmer rolls over.

Breaststroke:

  • Swimmer must touch the turn wall and finish wall with two hands simultaneously.
  • Kick must be a symmetrical “frog kick” with toes turned out during propulsive part of kick.Scissors kick or flutter kick result in a DQ.
  • More than one stroke underwater with arms fully extended at start or turn.
  • Arm strokes past waist except on first stroke after start or turn.
  • Head didn't break surface by conclusion of second arm pull underwater after a start or turn.

Butterfly:

  • Swimmer must touch the turn wall and finish wall with two hands
  • Non-simultaneous leg movement during kicks
  • Arms don't break water surface during
  • recovery
  • Non-simultaneous arm movement during recovery
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