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A New Jersey high school swimmer learned a lesson about following the rules recently when he was disqualified from a meet for having an American flag logo on his swimming cap, which violated rules for the size of cap decorations.
The 16-year-old had participated in the event for his Morristown High School’s “Senior Night” meet against Parsippany Hills High School but found his time in the 400-meter free relay race tossed out when the opposing team’s coach took notice of the U.S. flag on the boy’s swim cap, according to Fox News.
According to his family, the teen used the flag-decorated swim cap to memorialize his grandfather, who died in the Sept. 11 attacks in New York City in 2001.
But after the boy’s swim, the Parsippany Hills coach reportedly felt that the flag emblem on the cap was over the size limit. And sure enough, once the logo was measured, it came in at .2″ too big for the rules, according to a tweet by the teen’s father, Rob Miller.
Miller was seriously ticked off over the incident and on Feb. 2, jumped to Twitter to vent about the problem. His original post has since been deleted.
“Blood is boiling. My son was part of a 200 Free Relay to win a swim meet on Senior Night. After the final event, the opposing coach asked to measure the size of the American Flag on his @SpeedoUSA swim cap. It was 0.2″ too large according to standards. DQ’d. They lost,” Miller wrote, according to the U.K. Daily Mail.
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