Transgender swimmer Lia Thomas, who is a biological male, has faced major backlash after reportedly crushing women’s records in the NCAA.
Lia competed for three years as part of the Men’s Team at the Ivy League school of UPenn as Will Thomas. Then Lia switched to the women’s swim team.
Critics argue that Lia possesses an obvious unfair advantage over female competitors as a result of going through male puberty.
Even though Lia has undergone “testosterone suppression” for one year prior to joining the women’s team, this does not reverse the impact of nearly 20 years of presumably normal male testosterone levels.
The NCAA’s policy fails to address this problem.
Even nationally televised cardiothoracic surgeon and university professor Dr. Oz has spoken out about the issue.
The female teammates of Lia have also spoken out in anger about the unfairness of the situation.
The female swimmer asked to remain anonymous for fear of liberals attacking her and destroying her life. “Pretty much everyone individually has spoken to our coaches about not liking this,” the teammate said.
“Our coach just really likes winning. He’s like most coaches. I think secretly everyone just knows it’s the wrong thing to do,” the teammate told Outkick. The teammate said public support for Thomas is “very fake.”
If anyone voices dissent, they will be bombarded by the left-wing attack machine and those aggressively working to push the transgender agenda.
The Ivy League has doubled down on its decision to support Lia Thomas competing against females in the NCAA.
“The Ivy League reaffirms its unwavering commitment to providing an inclusive environment for all student-athletes while condemning transphobia and discrimination in any form,” a statement reads.
“Over the past several years, Lia and the University of Pennsylvania worked with the NCAA to follow all of the appropriate protocols in order to comply with the NCAA policy on transgender athlete participation and compete on the Penn women’s swimming and diving team. The Ivy League has adopted and applies the same NCAA policy,” the conference said in a Thursday statement.
The Ivy League releases the following statement of support regarding Penn's Lia Thomas' participation on the women's swimming and diving team. 🌿 pic.twitter.com/wdEDW4ud5O
— The Ivy League (@IvyLeague) January 6, 2022
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
While the UPenn swimming coach Mike Schnur appears to be excited about the record-breaking performances, some of Lia’s teammates strongly disagree.
Behind the scenes, one UPenn swim teammate told Outkick that most of the team has expressed significant dissatisfaction.
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.”
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