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Transgender swimmer Lia Thomas is a biological male who is crushing women’s records in the NCAA.
At the Ivy League school University of Pennsylvania, Lia competed for the Men’s Team for three years as Will Thomas before switching to the women’s swim team.
Lia recently won the 1650 race by 38 seconds over a teammate, which is unheard of in women’s swimming.
This set a new record for Penn as well as the collegiate swimming overall.
Lia is expected to win the title at the NCAA Championships coming up in March.
Well of course women’s records are being smashed! https://t.co/tMBrgCLkXX
Lia competed as male for first three years in #NCAA.
This is not right!
We need to return to #SexBasedSports!
— Linda Blade (@coachblade) November 30, 2021
The policy currently allows biological male athletes undergoing “testosterone suppression” for one year to compete on the women’s team.
The NCAA’s policy on trans athletes fails to address how biological males can still hold an unfair advantage as a result of going through male puberty.
The NCAA’s policy is as follows:
“A trans female treated with testosterone suppression medication may continue to compete on a men’s team but may not compete on a women’s team without changing it to a mixed team status until completing one year of testosterone suppression treatment,” the NCAA’s policy states.
“A trans male who has received a medical exemption for treatment with testosterone is no longer eligible to compete on a women’s team without changing that team status to a mixed team.”
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After a weekend destroying records in Akron, it appears it’ll take a historic performance from a biological female swimmer to knock off Lia Thomas — the Penn swimmer who spent three seasons swimming for the men’s team as Will Thomas before becoming a transgender swimmer for the women’s team — at the NCAA Championships in March.
Lia Thomas left Akron with the nation’s fastest 200 freestyle time, the nation’s top time in the 500 free & 1650 time that would’ve had Thomas in the finals at the 2021 NCAA Championships. Thomas won the 1650 at the Akron Zippy Invitational by 38 seconds over her teammate. Her results in all three races set new Penn records along with meet and pool records.
Friday night in the 500 free, Thomas won the race by 12 seconds; she won the 200 free by seven seconds.
The women are in second place after day one of the Zippy Invitational.
Lia Thomas set a pool and meet record in the 500 free!
— Penn Swimming & Diving (@PennSwimDive) December 4, 2021
Lia has smashed two US women’s swimming records, according to Daily Mail.
The first US record was broken on Friday, December 3, when Thomas won the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:34:06. She raced to victory 14 seconds ahead of Kalandaze – the swimmer she beat by 38 seconds on Sunday.
And then on Saturday, she won the 200 yard freestyle in 1:41:93 – seven seconds ahead of her nearest rival, giving her the fastest female US time ever for that race too.
It’s the first season Thomas, who was formerly named Will, has competed in the swimming meets as a transgender woman. As Will, Thomas competed on the men’s team for two full seasons.
This weekend she won three events and set three new school records including two new Ivy League records.