The teenager was the only person of color in a competition that prominently featured only white swimmers.
A high school athlete was immediately disqualified after winning a 100-meter freestyle race. As per a report, a student from Dimond High School, Anchorage, had her title stripped away after a referee reprimanded her for breaking a uniform code.
We've updated our story about the swim disqualification with the Anchorage School District's statement. https://t.co/9AZ1Wz6eyE— Sports at ADN (@sportsadn) September 9, 2019
The teenager was wearing a school-issued swimsuit, but the referee singled her out for having a swimsuit wedgie. Lauren Langford, a local swim coach, believed that sexism and racism played a hand in the disqualification as the disqualified athlete was mixed-race. Langford also stated that it was probably because the teenager was the only person of color in a competition that prominently featured only white swimmers.
She said: "All of these girls are all wearing suits that are cut the same way. And the only girl who gets disqualified is a mixed-race girl with rounder, curvier features."
ASD calls DQ of Dimond swimmer "heavy-handed and unnecessary." https://t.co/9FNJmzx1ot— Sports at ADN (@sportsadn) September 11, 2019
A review of the decision is being conducted by the school. At the time of the disqualification, the student's coach contested the referee's decision. But the request was denied. But this isn't the first time the child's body has been put under scrutiny. The unnamed student's mother tells the Washington Post that another parent took a picture of her daughter's backside and sent the picture to other parents, chastising the fit of the suit.
A teenage girl in Anchorage Alaska was disqualified after winning a 100m freestyle race, because she had a wedgie that showed her bum. A swimsuit issued to her by her school. This really bothers me. Sadly, the offending umpire was a woman. https://t.co/ZSZTYYacHn— 💧🇦🇺Bethany Williams (@BethanyinCBR) September 10, 2019
The school district released a full timeline of the events on Monday and even made note of the inappropriate behavior of the parent. The statement noted that the "assistant principal indicated to the parent who took the photographs that it was not permissible for him to take pictures of others' children and that he should stop immediately."