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Photo of Leah Thomas taken by the Daily Mail
If the win continues, Thomas could become the first transgender athlete to win a national championship in Division I athletics.
“Thomas won the 500-yard freestyle event at the Macaulay Aquatic Center in Atlanta on Thursday, about three seconds ahead of second-place finisher Erica Sullivan, a freshman from the University of Texas and an Olympic silver medalist,” Hill reported. “Thomas, a senior in Penn’s women’s team, has now advanced to the 500-yard freestyle final, to be held later this evening.
After a mediocre history of competing against men for three years, Thomas began competing against women.
Leah Thomas is back in first place (4th lane). Why do other swimmers even bother? pic.twitter.com/9v1JkvV17u
– Libs of Tik Tok (@libsoftiktok) March 17, 2022
Organic male swimmers were allowed to participate when the NCAA stated that they would not comply with the new strict guidelines for trans swimmers set by USA Swimmers.
org currently allows trans swimmers to compete against women if their testosterone is below 10 nanomoles per liter of blood.
The new USA swimming policy “acknowledges the competitive differences between men and women and the disadvantages it presents” and requires trans swimmers to prove that they do not have a competitive advantage over women due to their physical development. Men. “
“Trans female athletes must prove that the concentration of testosterone in their blood is less than 5 nanomoles per liter continuously for at least 36 months, the strictest of any sports body,” The Hill reported.
The NCAA said in a statement that it would not use the new guidelines because “implementing additional changes at this time could have an unfair and potentially detrimental effect on schools and student-athletes wishing to compete in the 2022 NCAA Women’s Swimming Championships.”
Thomas qualified for the women’s 200-yard, 500-yard and 1,650-yard freestyle events at a meeting in December.
Recently, a female Penn swimmer came forward and described how the team members were uncomfortable when switching to the locker room with Thomas.
“It’s definitely awkward because Leah still has male body parts and is still attracted to women,” one of the team’s swimmers told the Daily Mail.
“It’s really annoying because Leah doesn’t seem to care about how anyone else feels about it,” the swimmer continued. “For the feelings of 35 of us, we have to accept our own space and being uncomfortable in the locker room.”
The post Transgender swimmer Leah Thomas wins first NCAA final event appeared first at The Gateway Pundit.
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