If girls want to play on boys teams that don't have female counterparts, equality and equity demand that boys have the same option. So how dare girls complain about this situation that has arisen in Massachusetts.
During his first-period broadcast Monday, the Norwood High athletic director Brian McDonough congratulated Will Higgins for breaking the meet record in the 50-yard freestyle the previous day at the Massachusetts South Division fall swimming and diving championships.
McDonough chose not to mention that it was a girls swimming championship.
“I didn’t want to get into that,” he said.
As the girls swimming state championship meet approaches, eight of twenty-eight qualifiers for the 50-yard freestyle race at the event are boys. Two of them are among the top four seeds in the event (and it could have been three of the top five if Will Higgins hadn't become academically ineligible). That means the girl's 50-yard swimming champion may well be a guy.
And that doesn't sit to well with some of the girls.
Sarah Hooper, a senior at Needham High who is the fourth-fastest female entrant, finds the situation difficult to swallow.
“It’s really frustrating to see how athletic directors and school administrators aren’t doing anything,” she said. “They really aren’t advocating for us. I understand there isn’t an opportunity for these boys, but it infuriates me that they can’t combine two schools’ boys to create one team or have them compete in separate heats. The way it is now, the boys are taking recognition away from girls who have worked hard and deserve it.”
Why is this happening? Because a few decades back there was a state constitutional amendment passed that requires equal opportunity in school programs. So if there is no boys swim team at a school, the boys swim with the girls -- just like the girls get to play on the boys football team and wrestle against boys. And that means the boys participate in the girls championship meet. And are allowed to win.
Call it equality -- which is a principle that works both ways, ladies.