MIAA will add boys’ swim to fall
In a reversal of its February proposal to eliminate fall swimming, the MIAA swimming and diving subcommittee voted Thursday in favor of creating a boys’ fall tournament.
“The simplest way of saying it is they changed their minds,’’ said MIAA spokesman Paul Wetzel.
The subcommittee, chaired by Seekonk athletic director Ray Grant, will present its request to the full swim committee May 23. The plan involves holding all stages of the boys’ tournament concurrently at the same location as the girls.
According to Wetzel, the backlash against the original proposal - which would have created a boys’ tournament for the next three years, and cut swimming as a fall sport in total in 2015-16 - was “almost unanimous’’ across the state.
The strongest opposition was based on the logistics of having all current fall swimmers competing in the winter instead - the effect on pool time, staff shortages because fall coaches would be unavailable in winter, and ultimately a reduction in the number of girls participating.
Boys’ swimming is currently offered in the winter, with girls in the fall and winter. Schools that only offer fall swimming are allowed to have boys compete with the girls. The issue came to a head after Norwood senior Will Higgins set a meet record for the girls’ 50-yard freestyle at the South Sectional this past fall.
With only a handful of boys participating in the fall, the possibility of low numbers exists.
“I think it’s fair to say it’s a concern,’’ Wetzel said. “But we’ll just have to see what happens.’’
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