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MIAA strips Gardner of 2012 girls state swim title

The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association said the 16-time state champions were more of a club than a school team.

MIAA says the Wildcats possibly broke a rule saying team members can’t miss practice or competition for non-school athletics in a sport the association recognizes.

The Telegram & Gazette of Worcester reported Tuesday swimmers allegedly skipped practices for club events and most were Greenwood Swim Club members, also coached by then-Gardner coach Don Lemieux.

Gardner’s roster had only one swimmer who wasn’t part of the team through school choice, home schooling or through a cooperating school.

Lemieux said he couldn’t control students coming to Gardner to swim for him and school officials could have told them no.

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