February 24, 2012

Maryland high school swim team forced to vacate championship due to shaving violation

We’ve seen high school sports teams having to vacate championships or state titles for a myriad of reasons but what recently happened to a Maryland high school swim team might be one of the strangest.

Broadneck high school girls swim team claimed a county championship two weeks ago but had to vacate the title because one of their swimmers had illegally shaved on-site before a scheduled event:
School system officials discovered that at the February 10th county championship a swimmer broke a National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) 2011-2012 swimming and diving and water polo rule, “No team personnel/competitor shall perform any on-site shaving before, during or after the meet.” The penalty for breaking the rule is disqualification for the applicable meet.

The Anne Arundel County Public Schools Athletic Handbook states it is the coach's responsiblity to abide by the rules. The school system says "Appropriate disciplinary action has been taken against the coach."
Due to the point deduction, Broadneck finished in third place and the title was awarded to Severna Park High School.

(Courtesy of Larry Brown Sports)

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