There's no denying that amount of pressure that's put on high school athletes these days. They must stay on top of their game, stay fit, keep their grades up and juggle everything in between. It's a lot of work with high expectations. And not to mention hormones are all over the place. This mixture of daily hurdles paired with working really hard for something and it ending up causing a nationwide controversy is a pretty crushing moment.
This is exactly what happened to a teenage girl in Anchorage Dimond High School. She completely crushed her competition in the 100-meter freestyle. NBC news shared that she got out of the pool knowing she had won, only to find out that she had been disqualified. Here's the kicker: it was because her bathing suit was riding up during the race. The same school issues bathing suit worn by all of her peers, and she somehow was being penalized for it.
According to USA Today, the swimmer had something called "Swimmer's wedgie" which we guess isn't as uncommon as one would think. This happens whenever a high-cut standard-issue swimsuit rides up during the race. In this case, there was too much of the girl's back side showing during the competition.
Apparently this isn't the first time that this particular swimmer was targeted for her suit riding up too far and a parent attending the race actually took photos and shared it with other parents. Yuck.
“If you do not like the way that swimsuits fit on these girls’ bodies then don’t look; they are minors, children, and no one should be looking at them anyway,” the swim coach, Lauren Langford, wrote in a blog post about the decision.
She went on to discuss her theory that both this swimmer and her sister are being targeted. "They are being targeted not because they are wearing their suits to be scandalous, thus inspiring immorality among other young people, but rather because their ample hips, tiny waists, full chests, and dark complexions look different than their willowy, thin, and mostly pallid teammates," Langford said in her op-ed to Medium.
She continued, "If you buy a suit for 70 girls, unless you have each individual suit tailored to fit, it’s going to fit every single body differently. 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.”