ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A race judge at an Alaska high school swim meet disqualified a state champion swimmer after concluding that her team-issued swimsuit did not meet modesty requirements.
The decision outraged a competing coach and the Anchorage School District announced it will review the decision that disqualified the 17-year-old Dimond High School swimmer from a heat victory at a meet Friday, Anchorage television station KTUU reported.
The National Federation of State High School Associations in August notified high school coaches of a rule change that allows for disqualification of an athlete if a uniform is not within guidelines.
“There is a growing trend in high school swimming and diving of athletes wearing training and competitive suits in a manner that contradicts with the intention of their original design and manufacture,” NFHS executive director Karissa Niehoff wrote in a memo. “Specifically, suits are being worn in such a way as to expose the athlete’s buttocks. This issue is not gender-specific and is occurring in various states across the country.”
—The Associated Press