I was DQ'd at a USMS Meet in the 100 IM for the techical reason
of an "underwater recovery" on the butterfly touch. No one I
spoke to has ever heard of this rule or term. I can't find the term
"underwater recovery" anywhere.
It was explained to me in my discussion with the offical that I
was short on reaching the wall. Since I couldn't reach the wall
at the end of my stroke, I'm required to keep my HANDS at/above
the surface of the water and dolphin kick to the wall. He said if
your hands fall below the surface of the water this constitutes
begining a new stroke which must be completed.
It seems to me if your short to the wall, arm momentum alone will
push your hands below the surface of the water. Yet when I read
the rule your permitted to touch above, at, or below the surface
of the water. I don't understand how you can touch below and at the same time
be required to complete the stroke if your hands go below the water. It doesn't
What do Butterflyers do when your last stroke comes up short of
the wall? How do you keep your hands from going underwater. It was
the first time I ever swam the event and I want to get it right.