Broadneck has been forced to forfeit its Anne Arundel County girls swimming championship after it was discovered that an athlete violated rules by shaving on-site just prior to the county meet.

School system officials learned of the Feb. 10 violation in the past week, according to a news release sent out Tuesday. They redistributed the points earned by the disqualified swimmer to the other participating teams, and as a result, Severna Park has been crowned the champion.

Broadneck finishes third.

Under National Federation of State High School Associations rules for swimming, diving and water polo, "No team personnel/competitor shall perform any on-site shaving before, during or after the meet."


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The penalty for breaking the rule is the athlete's disqualification from that meet.

Broadneck's girls did get to swim in Saturday's Class 4A-3A East Regional meet and defeated Severna Park for the title. The Bruins competed without coach Colleen Winans, who was not with the team at that meet following the violation, according to The Capital.

According to the Anne Arundel County news release, "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."