Boys win on girls’ swim teams

Boys are competing — and winning — on girls’ swim teams in Massachusetts, reports the New York Times. Boys do especially well in the 50-yard freestyle “in which strength can trump talent or technique.” That raises the possibility that the state champion in girls’ freestyle could be a boy this year.

State law requires equal access to athletic opportunities and some schools have cut boys’ swim teams.

Equality sucks, writes Rhymes with Right.

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  1. Why have they cut the Boys’ swim teams? Because Title IX has forced them to. Why are they forced to allow boys to compete on girls’ teams? Title IX.

    Would the tone of the story be different (approving instead of concerned) if it was girls competing on boys’ teams successfully? Of course.

  2. Michael E. Lopez says:

    I’ve got an idea.

    Let’s *keep* the Boy’s swim team, but *call* it the “Girls Swim Team #2.”

    Everyone’s happy, and the school gets credit for TWO girls’ sports teams while eliminating a boys’ team.

    • Mark Roulo says:

      I’ve got an idea.

      Let’s *keep* the Boy’s swim team, but *call* it the “Girls Swim Team #2.”

      Everyone’s happy, and the school gets credit for TWO girls’ sports teams while eliminating a boys’ team.

      The problem with this is that schools don’t get credit for men/women teams … they get credit for athletes of a specific gender/sex [at least this is how it works for colleges]. If enough boys are on the girl’s swim team, then you have a problem of too many male athletes and not enough female athletes again …

      The interesting question becomes: What if the boys start claiming that they are girls?

  3. Brilliant!

  4. The whole Title IX numbers game is ridiculous. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that there’s significant overlap among its supporters, feminists and the anti-football crowd. The sheer size of football teams distorts the whole picture and I don’t think it’s an accident that heavily female activities (dance, cheerleading, non-physical extracurriculars etc.) are not included in the count. Essentially, guys are being penalized because a lower percentage of women choose to do sports.

    Colleges have added women’ s crew teams because they eat up 50-80 slots and they’ve been added in states with few or no HS crew programs, such as MN (about 12 years ago) and AZ (I read that the school flooded a 2-mi stretch of dry riverbed). I know that full-ride scholarships were being offfered to girls with no crew experience whatsoever; they were recruiting swimmers who already had the strength and aerobic conditioning (but might not get the full ride in swimming) – my DD knew some of them. At the same time, MN had no public colleges with mens’ soccer teams, even though essentially every HS in the state had teams. I don’t know whether that numbers game spreading into HS or into collegiate STEM fields is more chilling.

  5. Just wish to clarify the part about Arizona State flooding “a 2-mi stretch of dry riverbed.” It was actually the City of Tempe – which Arizona State is in – that built the two small dams on the Salt River, creating the Tempe Town Lake.

  6. momof4,

    I live in tempe. you don’t know tempe. Tempe Town Lake was voted on and approved by the electorate here as a way to have a type of central park type area for recreation and tourism. It has absolutely nothing to do with title IX. do some research before you try to use something as evidence to support a position of yours.

    • I stand corrected; my source was a swimmer being recruited for the crew team being formed. Apparently, she misunderstood the situation.

  7. Re: gahrie Different tone if reversed? Nope. The tone is still the same if it is a girl.

    As a result of a quirk in Title IX, a tennis athlete here in MN, Ingrid Neelwanted tougher competition and sparked very harsh reaction as a result of playing on her boy’s HS tennis team here (even though her school also had a girls team). As I recall, she had a very successful season playing singles.

    Many people complained that she was taking a spot away from a boy. Others not realizing her ability talked over he being crushed. As I recall, she won all of her matches during the state tournament which her team won.

    • Different tone if reversed? Nope. The tone is still the same if it is a girl.

      It really does depend.

      Little League (baseball) has both boys and girls (although the girls tend to drop off more than the boys as they age). Softball in my area, though, is “Girls” softball. It is right in the name of the organization. I’d guess that boys that want to play softball (not that there would be very many …) would face some opposition.

      This story suggests that the HS football team is/was okay with a girl:

      http://www.prettytough.com/homecoming-queen-and-winning-field-goal-on-same-night/