Saturday, March 29, 2008

Racist Swim Team?

My oldest daughter had her first home swim meet yesterday, and it was a blast. Lots of different races, and lots of kids competing. I got recruited as an official timer for the second half of the meet, which I guess is a normal thing for parents at these things.

Anyway, they are supposed to post the results on their website at some point, so we can see how they did. I know that she did good in the freestyle, but it was hard to know how she compared to the other girls that raced in the other heats. I went to the website, and though the results aren't yet posted at the time of this writing, I noticed an interesting bit of text on their home page:

As a reminder, the Home Meets are intended for WHITE swimmers only.

Sheesh! Harsh enough! I swear I saw kids of all races at the meet!! I'll be sure to make sure THAT doesn't happen at the next one. "Hey, THAT kid isn't WHITE!!! Get her out of the pool!!!"

Um, wait. I think they mean something else. Let's see what the whole paragraph says:

Thank You to all the upper level TMEC swimmers that come to the Home Meet to help out and cheer on your fellow swimmers trying to acheive RED times!!

As a reminder, the Home Meets are intended for WHITE swimmers only. Once a swimmer has achieved a RED time in any event they may not swim in that event at the Home Meets unless they have aged up and need to achieve a RED time in the new age group.

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, I see. It's a racing thing, not a race thing. Huh??!?!?!



The Moody Minstrel said...

Does that mean it's really a racingist swim team?

Wow...that's quite a double entendre, and I'm surprised neither the ACLU nor the NAACP has used it as yet another excuse to make a public spectacle.

DewKid said...

I'd be willing to bet that whoever wrote that, didn't re-read it! They probably should have said "...the home meets are intended for swimmers with WHITE times only...", but then I wouldn't have gotten a blog entry out of it! :-)

Thought: the horn they blow each time a new race starts should be called the "Honky".

Pa've said...

Red and yellow, black and white, we're all swimming in delight!