Improper Shaving Costs Broadneck High School County Championship

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland, February 22. ACCORDING to media reports in the area, including the Severna Park Patch, the Broadneck High School girls varsity swim team was stripped of its county championship after allegations of improper shaving were lodged against the squad.

Broadneck was stripped of its Anne Arundel County victory after a swimmer was retroactively disqualified for shaving on-site prior to the contest. After re-running the numbers, Severna Park High School was awarded the championship, with Broadneck falling to third.

The National Federation of State High School Associations states within its rules for aquatic sports that "No team personnel/competitor shall perform any on-site shaving before, during or after the meet." Should an athlete be caught violating this rule, they are disqualified from the entire meet.

Anne Arundel County also issued a news release stating that Broadneck head coach Colleen Winans would be disciplined.

"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," the statement read. "Appropriate disciplinary action has been taken against the coach."

That disciplinary action included Winans not being allowed at the Class 4A-3A East Regional meet, where Broadneck downed Severna Park for the title.

Full text of Severna Park Patch article.