A female high school swimmer who won her match was disqualified over an apparent swimsuit wedgie.
The incident that led to the disqualification of 17-year-old Breckynn Willis, from Dimond High School in Anchorage, Alaska has since stirred up outrage and accusations of racism.
Annette Rohde, an official at the swim meet on Friday, told the Anchorage Daily News that the head referee told her that Willis swimsuit was so far up I could see butt cheek touching butt cheek.
Rohde said she froze in disbelief when she heard the head referees reasoning. She said she confronted the official after the meet and said I told her, “I need to know how youre defining this, because this is going to blow up.”
Now, some are claiming the Willis and her sisters – all top high school swimmers in the city who are mixed race – were targeted because of their skin tone and body shape.
Lauren Langford, a coach at West High School in Anchorage, wrote in a Medium post: this young lady and her sisters are being targeted not for the way they wear their suits but for the way those suits fit their curvier, fuller figured bodies.
Langford continued to write: They are being targeted not because they are wearing their suits to be scandalous … but rather because their ample hips, tiny waists, full chests, and dark complexions look different than their willowy, thin, and mostly pallid teammates.
Some will argue this has nothing to do with race, but when the same officials targeting these girls have been heard saying that so-and-so white girl also shows too much skin but has never been disqualified for a similar violation the racial facet of this issue cannot be ignored.
In a statement on Monday, the Anchorage School District said that they are reviewing the disqualification of a student athlete, which is presumed to be the girl. The school district cited an ongoing national discussion about athletes uniforms in their statement.
According to the school district, Willis was disqualified while using an approved swimsuit that the school gave her and every other swimmer on the team.