The Miss Florida Scholarship Organization says due to an error in the results calculations the wrong contestant was crowned "Miss Florida."
In a news release sent Friday afternoon, the organization says Elizabeth Fechtel was crowned Miss Florida in the competition held on Saturday, June 21, but the first runner up, Victoria Cowen of Panama City, should have won.
An independent review and audit of the scores awarded by the judges confirmed the error, the release stated, though no reason for the error was given.
"While the situation is highly unfortunate, to protect the integrity of the Miss Florida Scholarship Organization it is imperative to make sure that the contestant who received the highest overall score is officially named the winner and has the opportunity to represent the Organization as Miss Florida," the release stated.
Fechtel was notified of the error, and though disappointed, pageant officials said she was supportive of her friend.
Cowen will go on to represent Florida at the Miss America Competition in September.