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High school swimmers in the breaststroke event will now be permitted to execute a single butterfly kick on the start or turn at any time prior to the first breaststroke kick.
â€œIt was extremely difficult for officials to observe and consistently judge the initiation of the arm stroke on the start and turns,â€ said Becky Oakes, NFHS director of sports and staff liaison to the Swimming and Diving Rules Committee. â€œThe committee wanted to provide consistency for the swimmers as to when the butterfly kick is permitted and the observation by the officials across all lanes for a legal or illegal use of the butterfly kick. Swimmers may now use the butterfly kick in the location that best benefits the individual swimmer before the breaststroke kick.â€