A swimmer was disqualified after a race because of the way her swimsuit fit her body
Breckynn Willis, a high school student who participated in a swimming competition, was disqualified due to the way her swimsuit fit her body. After the controversy, ...
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(CNN) - A high school student who participated in a swimming competition was disqualified due to the way her swimsuit fit her body. Subsequently, his victory was restored.
Breckynn Willis, a member of the swimming team at Dimond High School in Anchorage, Alaska, had participated in four events on Friday during a swimming competition.
He won a tie during the match, but a race official felt that his swimsuit had changed to a position that showed too much of his butt. The official said the team's swimsuit did not fit Breckynn and, therefore, had violated a rule, according to a statement from the Anchorage School District.
In the statement, the school district did not identify the official who disqualified Willis, but said he was acting to withdraw the certificate from the individual. It also seeks to suspend the rule, calling it "ambiguous," according to the statement.
But on Tuesday, the Alaska School Activities Association (ASSA) announced that it had revoked the disqualification. The Anchorage School District had pressured the association of activities to reject disqualification, saying in a statement that it was “hard and unnecessary hand” and that “our swimmer was attacked solely by how a standard uniform issued by the school conformed to the shape of his body. "
The ASAA says it canceled the disqualification because the officer did not notify the coach about the problem with the way the swimsuit fit Breckynn's body before the race.
The swimmer's mother thinks it was a form of harassment
Breckynn's mother, Meagan Kowatch, told CNN that her daughter was wearing the same swimsuit that all other team members wear to compete.
"It's sexual harassment," said Kowatch. "It shouldn't have any place in the pool area."
The official applied a rule on modesty in swimsuits, which, according to the National Federation of State High School Associations, is in effect in high school swimming competitions across the country.
According to an August memo sent by the organization, there was a growing tendency among high school athletes of both sexes to intentionally roll up their swimsuits "in such a way that they exposed the buttocks of the athletes."
The measure requires race officials to notify a swimmer's coach if an individual athlete's dress does not meet the restrictions on the suit.
In light of the Breckynn case, the Alaska School Activities Association sent a letter to the swimming and diving officials reminding them that the rules require that they should consider whether a swimmer intentionally rolls up his swimsuit to expose his butt before issuing any disqualification, reported KTUU, a CNN affiliate.
"We would encourage officials to grant the athlete the benefit of the doubt," the association's executive director, Billy Strickland, told KTUU.
In addition, the coach of an athlete must be notified before the start of a competition if it is observed that the dress is inappropriate, according to a version of the rule introduced for the 2019-20 swimming season.