St. Petersburg, Florida -- In what would not doubt be a nightmare for any pageant contestant turned into reality for Miss Florida 2014 winner Elizabeth Fechtel.
The Miss America Organization says a tabulation error resulted in Fetchel being stripped of her crown six days after she named the winner of the Miss Florida Scholarship Pageant. Apparently, the mistake was due to the fact a judge's change to their score sheet was not caught when the scores were tabulated.
Action was taken by an independent CPA who thoroughly reviewed the judges scores and it was determined that the 1st runner up Victoria Cowen was actually the winner of Miss Florida 2014.
The Miss America Association released the following statement on the mistake:
"We understand the impact that news of this type may have on these women and each of these state organizations and the great concern that goes with it. The Miss America Organization ensures there is compliance with the rules set forth among our state organizations to assure the integrity of our program and especially the judges process."
This news comes one day after Amanda Longacre was stripped of her crown for being too old and the Miss Delaware Organization crowned their 1st runner up, Brittany Lewis, as Miss Delaware 2014. Longacre will turn 25 in October and Miss America contestants must be between 17 and 24 years old. She says she is preparing to fight back to regain her title.
A judge's scoring costs Miss Florida her crown only six days after winning.