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Anesa Beard Banned (ed)
Diver loses appeal to compete in regional

Daily Journal assistant sports editor

Feb. 6, 2001

Appeal denied.

To the bitter disappointment of coach Kurt Hass, the IHSAA has upheld Saturday’s sectional disqualification of Franklin Community High School sophomore diver Anesa Beard.

The ruling means Beard can’t compete in today’s diving regional at Bloomington North and, more importantly, can’t compete for the state championship.

Easily one of the state’s top divers, Beard was banned from sectional competition for removing an elastic band from her hair and putting it on her wrist before her first dive.

Tournament official Robert Kelsik ruled that the band violated the IHSAA rule prohibiting the wearing of jewelry during competition and disqualified Beard on the spot.

But Hass and other Franklin officials appealed to the IHSAA that the band, which contained no metal or decorations of any kind, clearly was not jewelry and therefore was not a violation.

The IHSAA faxed the school a short notice Monday afternoon denying the appeal.

“We felt this particular thing wasn’t a judgment call,” Hass said, voicing a sentiment he said was shared by a majority of other sectional coaches, who were appalled by Kelsik’s decision. “The rule is in English. It’s clear what it says.

“It’s a sad commentary when a rubber band decides a competition rather than the performance. My feeling throughout the meet was the guy (Kelsik) doesn’t like kids or is on a major ego trip.”

Kelsik declined comment to a Daily Journal reporter who covered the meet, which was delayed about two hours while Hass and coaches from other competing schools pleaded for a reversal.

Beard, one of the nation’s top 10-meter platform divers, was ranked No. 2 in the state before being disqualified.

Franklin is represented today at the regional by junior Ashlee Burton and sophomore Carly Noblitt. At stake is a trip to Saturday’s state finals at the IUPUI Natatorium.


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