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Disqualification of Alaska HS swimmer after ref saw 'butt cheek touching butt cheek' is overturned

The disqualification of a feminine Alaska highschool swimmer for having what amounted to a showering swimsuit “wedgie” in her school-issued uniform has been overturned, the Anchorage College District mentioned Tuesday.

A referee had disqualified a Dimond Prime College swimmer Friday as a result of she claimed she may just see the swimmer’s “butt cheek touching butt cheek” right through a race, in keeping with an legitimate. The swimmer swam 4 races in the similar suit and was once no longer disqualified from the opposite 3.

The Alaska College Actions Affiliation (ASAA) overturned the disqualification on Tuesday, the Anchorage Day-to-day Information reported.

The college district mentioned the referee’s resolution was once “heavy-handed and pointless,” and “based totally only on how a typical, school-issued uniform came about to suit the form of her] frame,” including, “We can’t tolerate discrimination of any type, and in no way according to frame form.”

An legitimate who labored right through the swim meet, Annette Rohde, instructed the Anchorage Day-to-day Information she wondered the referee after she disqualified the swimmer as a result of her bathing swimsuit backside “was once thus far up I may just see butt cheek touching butt cheek.”


In accordance to the Nationwide Federation of State Prime College Associations, the governing frame that determines the foundations for highschool sports activities, feminine swimmers should quilt their buttocks and chest, and male swimmers should disguise their buttocks right through meets.

ASAA overturned the disqualification as a result of an legitimate should notify the trainer if a uniform violation is exposed, in keeping with the foundations.

“All proof amassed, together with the observation equipped via the legitimate, indicated the legitimate didn’t notify the trainer previous to disqualifying the scholar,” ASAA mentioned in a observation, in keeping with KTVA. “[…] All staff and particular person issues might be restored to each the person swimmer and the Dimond Prime College Swim staff.”

The Anchorage College District is looking for to decertify the legitimate and revise the suit protection rule, it mentioned, because it’s “ambiguous and permits the opportunity of bias to persuade officers’ choices.”

Dimond swim trainer Scott O’Brien appealed the disqualification and the college district introduced its enchantment to ASAA on Tuesday, the newspaper mentioned.


Officers should now believe whether or not the “loss of protection” is intentional or no longer, the affiliation mentioned.

“The guideline was once installed position to curtail swimmers from deliberately rolling up their swimsuits in the sort of method as to reveal their buttock,” ASAA mentioned. “ASAA believes scholars aren’t deliberately rolling up their swimsuits on this method.”

“Swimsuits migrate,” a meet legitimate, Joey Caterinichio, instructed Anchorage Day-to-day Information. “You need to think this is part of the game.”

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