The Mystery is Solved
And then there's the general tone and lack of sportsmanship of the team in question.
You see, it was no surprise to anyone which team the two perpetrators hailed from. The day before, that same team had been told by our head coach and the meet director to take their "cheer" outside when it became ugly and derogatory to the other teams, particularly ours. Their coach did nothing to stop the behavior of these kids and turn the meet into a learning experience (sportsmanship, anyone?). Is it any wonder that the ugliness escalated? Throughout this whole situation, long time swimmers associated with the team have been absolutely shocked, but apparently, USA Swimming has dealt with this before. All I can do is remain absolutely nonplussed, and hope that the perpetrators don't return to race unattached (without team affiliation) at meets.