Reaction Light System used for the first time during NEAC Sw

Student-Athletes from this past weekend’s North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Men’s and Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships were the first group to compete in an NCAA-sanctioned championship meet using the Reaction Light System.
A rules interpretation from the NCAA permitted the NEAC to utilize the system at this year’s championship meet. The Reaction Light System was installed in the Cazenovia College pool in addition to traditional starting protocol, to start all events throughout the weekend.
The product was originally developed by Nick Santino, a Newark, New York resident and owner of Reaction Lights of New York LLC, to help hearing-impaired swimmers get a fair start in competition. Reaction Light Systems were refined and commercialized through the Innovation One business incubator at Trine University in Angola, Indiana, which now manufactures and ships the systems.
Cazenovia College partnered with the NEAC to bring innovative and accessible technology to this year’s championship event.
“We are proud to have been a part of history by showcasing the future of collegiate swimming starting systems,” said Pete Way, Cazenovia College’s Director of Athletics.
Jason Blume, executive director of Innovation One, says that Reaction Light Systems are on their way to becoming the standard for the sport.
"The reality is today, through growth in usage of Swimming Reaction Lights, many coaches and officials at all levels have identified that if the product is used in just one lane for a hearing-impaired athlete it gives that athlete an advantage, due to the simple fact that light travels faster than sound,” Blume said.  “This has made Reaction Lights a necessity for all athletes."