Sandy Barnes of Cal State Northridge, who thought she had met the standard in the water last Friday, qualified on dry land this week for the NCAA Division II swimming championships.
Barnes will be allowed to compete in the 100-yard butterfly at the national meet March 12-15 in Orlando, Fla., after the NCAA agreed that the electronic timing system used at the California Collegiate Athletic Assn. championships last week at Cal State Bakersfield was hooked up improperly.
CCAA officials had appealed to the NCAA after discovering last Saturday that the Bakersfield pool was mistakenly hooked up to a backup timing system, which records times that are .15 of a second slower than those recorded by the primary system.
The NCAA has told the conference that it can subtract .15 of a second from the marks posted before the mistake was discovered prior to Saturday's finals.