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Shaving Violation Costs Broadneck County Swimming Title

Severna Park High School has been named the new champion nearly two weeks later.

UPDATE (6:25 p.m.)—An illegal shaving the day of the meet has cost Broadneck High School’s girls varsity swim team its county championship, according to a schools spokesman.

Severna Park High School's girls varsity swim team has been named the new champion of the Feb. 10 event after points were redistributed, with Broadneck placing third.

A Bruins swimmer was disqualified after officials learned that she had shaved "on site" just before the competition began, in violation of the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) rulebook, a release from the school system said.

“No team personnel/competitor shall perform any on-site shaving before, during or after the meet," according to the rulebook.

According to the NFHS rule book, on-site shaving is prohibited for health and safety reasons, and also prevents the transmission of blood-borne diseases. 

“It is very important that coaches counsel their athletes on the danger and inappropriateness of on-site shaving ranging from sharing razors, possible cuts and exchange of body fluid (blood) and spreading communicable disease to cleanliness issues at the facility," according to the NFHS.  “Coaches have the responsibility to educate their athletes and enforce this restriction.”

Disciplinary action has been taken against the coach, according to a press release.

Patch is reaching out for comments from swimmers and parents who were involved with this year's team.

Email me if you have more information.

The full press release: 

Broadneck High School’s varsity girls swim team has been forced to forfeit its county championship after it was discovered that a student-athlete and coach violated rules of the meet.  

School system officials were made aware this week of a concern that one of the team’s swimmers improperly prepared for the county championship meet, held on February 10, by shaving on-site just prior to the start of the competition. 

Anne Arundel County Public Schools Office of Athletics officials immediately notified all necessary parties and redistributed the points earned by the disqualified swimmer to the other participating teams.  

As a result, the county championship has been awarded to Severna Park High School. Broadneck finished third.

Under National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) 2011-2012 swimming and diving and water polo rules, “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 coach violated a rule in the 2011-2012 AACPS Athletics Handbook that addresses a coach’s responsibility to abide by the rules of the game and promote ethical relationships among coaches and players.

Appropriate disciplinary action has been taken against the coach.

Fran Klassen February 25, 2012 at 04:46 PM
In a world filled with imperfect people (every one of us - incase you're taking inventory), I am grateful for people like Coach Winans who not only teach our kids the importance of following the rules, but also leads by example and owns up to it when a mistake is made, despite the heavy cost. Well done Colleen! Thank you for loving our young people and giving them something far more valuable than a title. F. Klassen
Mike McTammany February 29, 2012 at 03:57 PM
@let me vent: Severna Park Swimming had nothing to do with the incident. What coach or team would want to win a championship in such a manner? I admire Coach Winans for her candid explanation of what happened, as I admired both the boys' and girls' teams from Broadneck for their grace and skill in the county championship meet. Both of our teams thrive on the competition, and that familiarity has spawned friendships and mutual respect.
DioDingo February 29, 2012 at 04:23 PM
Yes! She cost her team the Title! I'm sure she feels bad enough and to subject her to public scorn would be cruel. Right or wrong, some people may see what she did as a crime.
DioDingo February 29, 2012 at 04:32 PM
If you go back to the story you will see that the athlete in question reported on herself after the meet was over. Blaming SP doesn't make sense. Yes there is blood in all sports. I ran track and certainly smeared blood on kids that spiked me in the leg or pushed me into trees/poles. It was childish, but they still spilled my blood, and there isn't a rule against it. As a father I don't want my kid doing it but how are you going to stop it?
DioDingo February 29, 2012 at 04:34 PM
You now have shown how adults act and set a great example for your kids.

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