Over the weekend, a swimmer from the University of Pennsylvania who swam competitively for the men’s team for three years before switching to the women’s team, destroyed the biological women in the competition, winning the 1650 free by a gargantuan 38 seconds ahead of the young woman finishing second, winning the 500 free by a whopping twelve seconds ahead of the woman finishing second, and winning the 200 free by a still-huge seven seconds.
Lia Thomas, who as Will Thomas swam for the men’s team the prior three years, “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,” Outkick reported.
Transgender swimmer who used to compete as a man smashes TWO US women's records https://t.co/Q1XBXUDZ2v
— Daily Mail Online (@MailOnline) December 7, 2021
The news that Thomas had competed against the women and the results had not been close engendered fierce criticism on social media, including comments like these:
Doesn’t everybody see how absolutely insane this is? Shouldn’t all the real female swimmers refuse to compete in these unfair matches?
Any girl who is supposed to race against this guy should walk off at the sound of the start of each race.
This is bull****. We need to stop this nonsense.
It’s a freaking dude. Why do we put up with this?
Women sports is not a ‘Plan B’ for FAILED men athletes.
His dad must be so proud.
What an abomination to women’s sports. Shameful.
We can point out the obvious every time one of these opportunists does this. But inevitably it’s the woman who are losing their opportunities that need to stand up.
We just need to wait till one of these dudes makes it to the WNBA and averages 50 a game, then the nonsense will end. Until then we just have to wait.
In defending its position that transgender athletes be allowed to compete on teams not matching their biological sex at birth, the NCAA claims:
Many people may have a stereotype that all transgender women are unusually tall and have large bones and muscles. But that is not true. A male-to-female transgender woman may be small and slight, even if she is not on hormone blockers or taking estrogen. It is important not to overgeneralize. The assumption that all male-bodied people are taller, stronger, and more highly skilled in a sport than all female-bodied people is not accurate.
The NCAA stipulates:
A trans female (MTF) student-athlete being treated with testosterone suppression medication for Gender Identity Disorder or gender dysphoria and/or Transsexualism, for the purposes of NCAA competition 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 calendar year of testosterone suppression treatment.