While recalling the year's "signs of the apocalypse," Sports Illustrated made mention of Broadneck High School's controversial shaving incident, where a girls varsity swimmer was disqualified earlier this year for shaving before a meet.
Shaving at the site of a competition is a violation of the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) rulebook.
The high school swimmer was disqualified after BHS won the meet, which ended up costing them the county title, which was given to their rival, Severna Park High School.
Broadneck's coach Colleen Winans was suspended from coaching at the team's next meet for not reporting her knowledge of the shaving. Broadneck ended up seizing the regional title despite the previous loss, and reclaimed their glory. At the state tournament, Broadneck tied with SPHS for 10th place.
In an interview with Patch, Winans said the swimmer had no knowledge of the rule, but another team's player saw the shaving and reported it.
The bizarre-sounding ruling made headlines across the country, and even got a reference by Jay Leno on "The Tonight Show."
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