A teen swimmer on Anchorage’s Dimond High School won a race on Friday.
She was then disqualified because she had a “suit wedgie” which the referee said exposed too much of her butt, the Washington Post reported.
Lauren Langford, a local swim coach, said she believes that racism and sexism play a part in the incident because this swimmer is one of the few athletes who is not white.
The teen’s mom, Meagan Kowatch, told KTUU that the ref has previously targeted her other daughter over the way her bathing suit fit.
Now, she wants Friday’s decision overturned.
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On Friday, a high school athlete won a 100-meter freestyle race representing Anchorage’s Dimond High School — but then was quickly disqualified.
The top-ranked high school athlete was reprimanded by a referee for having a uniform violation in the form of a “suit wedgie,” the Washington Post reported. The teen was wearing a school-issued swimsuit — the same one all of her teammates were wearing.
Lauren Langford, a local swim coach, told the Washington Post that she believes racism and sexism play a part in the incident because this swimmer is one of the few athletes who is not white.
“All of these girls are all wearing suits that are cut the same way,” Langford said. “And the only girl who gets disqualified is a mixed-race girl with rounder, curvier features.”
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The school is now reviewing Friday’s swim meet. At the time, the student’s coach contested the referee’s decision. That request was denied. The school expects the coach to appeal the referee’s call.
This isn’t the first time this student’s body has been targeted, her mother says
The teen’s mom, Meagan Kowatch, told KTUU that she also …read more
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