The Illinois High School Association will allow disabled swimmers in the 50-yard, 100-yard and 200-yard freestyle events. (Photo courtesy IHSA)
By The Associated Press
CHICAGO - An advocacy group and a disabled high school swimmer have reached a settlement with the organization that oversees high school sports in Illinois.
The agreement will allow 16-year-old Mary Kate Callahan of LaGrange and other disabled swimmers to compete this year.
Equip for Equality said in a news release yesterday that the agreement with the Illinois High School Association will allow disabled swimmers to compete in the 50-yard, 100-yard and 200-yard freestyle and the 100-yard breaststroke.
Equip for Equality says talks continue over track events.
The Illinois Attorney General's office, a party to the lawsuit against the IHSA, calls the agreement a good first step, but it will continue its legal action.