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Both officials MUST be in position at the STARTING END of the pool.

Both officials must INDEPENDENTLY determine, in WRITING, that a relay swimmer has left early.

At the conclusion of the race, the two officials give their WRITTEN “ Early Relay Take-off” disqualification card to the referee. If the cards agree, the referee will instruct the starter to notify the computer operator. The starter raises his/her hand to signify an infraction.

The referee will notify the team and/or coach (es) which swimmer left early and the team is disqualified.

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