Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY
Published 1:11 p.m. ET Sept. 11, 2019 | Updated 5:35 p.m. ET Sept. 11, 2019
An Alaska high school swimmer’s disqualification — after a referee judged her swimsuit too revealing — was overturned late Tuesday night following the school district’s appeal.
Dimond High School (Anchorage) swimmer Breckynn Willis, 17, was disqualified Friday after her 100-meter freestyle victory at a dual meet in Anchorage. A meet official told the Anchorage Daily News that the referee ruled Willis had committed a “uniform violation” because the ref saw “butt cheek touching butt cheek.”
The state’s high school sports governing body, the Alaska School Activities Association, said in a statement it had determined “the official did not notify the coach prior to disqualifying the student.” The ASAA sided with the school district, which had quickly appealed the ruling.
“All team and individual points shall be restored to both the individual swimmer and the Dimond High School swim team,” the ASAA statement read.
The Anchorage School District said late Tuesday it planned to decertify the official because Willis was “targeted based solely on how a standard, school-issued uniform happened to fit the shape of her body.”
According to the Anchorage Daily News, Willis competed in four events at the meet on Friday but was disqualified in only one.
“We cannot tolerate discrimination of any kind, and certainly not based on body shape,” the district said in a statement to the newspaper.
Under the National Federation of High Schools rule, male swimmers must cover their buttocks and females must cover their buttocks and breasts. School district officials said the disqualified swimmer was wearing an “approved, school-issued suit” during the meet.
Contributing: Steve Gardner