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IHSA, advocacy group reach deal on swimmer with disabilities

Wed, 19 Sep 2012 08:11:07 CDT
By: AP

An advocacy group and a high school swimmer with disabilities 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 swimmers with disabilities to compete this year. Equip for Equality says the agreement with the Bloomington-based 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.

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