An official with USA Swimming has resigned in protest over University of Pennsylvania swimmer Lia Thomas, who competed as a male for three years before identifying and competing as a woman. So far, Thomas has shatter women’s swimming records by massive amounts while many continue to claim transgender women have no biological advantage over women.
The Washington Times reported that Cynthia Millen “has officiated at USA Swimming events for 30 years, but she hung up her whistle last week in protest over Penn transgender swimmer Lia Thomas, and she hopes others will follow her lead.”
Millen told the outlet she notified USA Swimming of her resignation on December 17 in a letter, saying she made the decision while packing for the U.S. Paralympics Swimming National Championships in Greensboro, North Carolina.
“I can’t do this, I can’t support this,” she said.
“I told my fellow officials that I can no longer participate in a sport which allows biological men to compete against women. Everything fair about swimming is being destroyed,” she wrote in the letter, which she provided to the Times.
As The Daily Wire previously reported, Thomas’ times while swimming for the men’s team “would break seven-time gold medal Olympic champion Katie Ledecky’s college times.”
Millen told the Times that if she had to officiate a swim meet where Thomas competed, she would have to rule the senior ineligible to compete as a woman.
“If Lia came on my deck as a referee, I would pull the coach aside and say, ‘Lia can swim, but Lia can swim exhibition or a time trial. Lia cannot compete against those women because that’s not fair,’” Millen told the outlet.
Millen also called on other volunteer officials to protest any meets that include transgender women competing against women.
“This is not right because by doing this, we’re supporting this,” Millen told the Times. “There are no swim meets if there are no officials.”
Multiple Penn students have spoken out anonymously about the inherent unfairness in allowing Thomas to compete against women. Students told The Daily Wire of their frustrations surrounding Thomas’ spot on the women’s team.
“Their idea of ‘acceptance’ is to not give you a platform — by shaming or forcing you out if you have views that are too far from their own,” one student said. “For a university where we are all supposed to bring ideas and differing viewpoints to grow, the pressure to be silent rings loud and has catastrophic implications.”
“You don’t need a life science degree to know that testosterone gives a massive advantage for physical strength. Not to mention increased red blood cell counts that provide greater oxygenation during long distance exercises, lower natural body fat percentages, and so on,” another student said. “Biological men are physically advantaged over women by nature.”
Neither the NCAA nor USA Swimming have commented publicly on the Thomas situation.