I would like to start off by apologizing to any Grandview swimmers I may have offended.
My name is Brad Luff. My friend and I were the two who high-fived during the swim meet against Grandview last week. I would also like to apologize to the Grandview swim coaches because, as pointed out by Daily Sun News reporter Jennie McGhan, my actions could have been considered rude.
I promise that I was just having fun and that my intentions were all in good humor. I think that Mrs. McGhan may have blown this event out of proportion. She complained in the newspaper instead of confronting my friend or I about the issue. Also, if she was so intently focused on the swim meet, Mrs. McGhan would have noticed that our high-five was during the 50M free, not the "relays."
Mrs. McGhan stated that "those watching and cheering for the opposing team, including the parents, could be heard clapping and cheering when these two boys performed this act of poor sportsmanship." Most likely, they were cheering for the race that was going on, not for the high-five.
This high-five happened so fast, I am shocked that Mrs. McGhan caught it because most of the people I talked to hadn't seen it at all. And to top it all off, the Grandview team insisted that we were to be punished. My friend and I were disqualified for "unsportsmanlike conduct." This is not a written violation and the ruling should have been crossing the lane line. If you check the results you will see that no points were awarded.
In case you are wondering why I did this, it is because I am moving and will not see any of my friends again after this week. The Tuesday meet against Grandview was my friend's birthday and I wanted to do something memorable on his day before I moved. This became just a little bit more memorable than I intended.
Once again, I would like to apologize to the Grandview Neptunes. I wrote this letter so that the public could hear my side of the story and understand that I was not intending to be rude.
/s/ Brad Luff, misunderstood swimmer, Sunnyside