Transgender UPenn swimmer Lia Thomas recently lost a 100-yard freestyle race to a transgender male swimmer after a series of nearly uninterrupted victories.
Thomas is a man who presents himself as a woman, while his opponent, Iszac Henig, is a woman who goes on to become a man. His loss came at UPenn’s tri-meet with the Yale and Dartmouth swimming teams, where he won both the 200-year-old and the 500-yard freestyle, while scoring fifth in the 100-yard, according to Daily mail.
Admired parents at rally at UPenn’s pool in Philadelphia gasped as Yale swimmer Iszac Henig easily knocked out [her] opponents in the women’s 100-yard freestyle with a time of 49.57 seconds, ”noted Mail. “Thomas finished in fifth place with a time of 52.84 seconds.”
Although Henig had her breasts removed, she reportedly delayed hormone treatments to compete in women’s swimming.
“As a student-athlete, it put me in a strange position to come out as a trans guy. I could start hormones to adapt more to myself, or wait, change socially and keep competing on a women’s swimming team. I decided me for the last time, ”Henig wrote in New York Times June last year.
“I appreciate my contributions to the team and recognize that my childhood does not depend on whether more or less testosterone runs through my veins,” Henig continued. “At least that’s what I want to try to remember when I put on women’s swimwear for the competition and am reminded of an I I no longer feel attached to.”
– Yale Athletics (@YaleAthletics) June 29, 2021
Henig hails from Palo Alto, California, and has competed with the Yale swimming team since 2018, where her specialty has been freestyle and butterfly. It told spectators of the race Daily mail they were stunned by her victory over Thomas.
“I was not prepared for that. Everything is messy. I can not wrap my head around this. The NCAA needs to do something about this. They have to put science into the decision and the discussion, ”said a UPenn parent Mail.
Lia Thomas, who formerly competed for the UPenn men’s team for three seasons as Will Thomas, became a controversial figure at the end of last year when he dominated the competition at the Akron Zippy Invitational and smashed university and pool records when he won The 1650 race by a full 38 seconds over his teammate.
The women are in second place after day one of the Zippy Invitational.
Lia Thomas set pool and meeting records in 500 for free!
– Penn Swimming & Diving (@PennSwimDive) December 4, 2021
Some female swimmers lamented that Thomas began to brag about how easy it was to win after the competition.
“It was so easy I was cross,” a female swimmer told Thomas. “At least I’m still No. 1 in the country.”
Parents and several athletes protested that Lia Thomas had an unfair advantage and demanded that the NCAA put an end to it. Late last month, a swimming official even resigned in public. Despite the outrage, both the Ivy League and the NCAA have promised support for Lia Thomas.
“Over the past many years, Lia and the University of Pennsylvania have worked with the NCAA to follow all relevant protocols to adhere to the NCAA’s policy on the participation of transgender athletes and compete on Penn’s women’s swimming and diving teams. The Ivy League has adopted and apply the same NCAA policy, “the conference said last Thursday.
Penn Athletics repeated the league’s sentiment. “Penn Athletics is committed to being an inviting and inclusive environment for all of our student-athletes, coaches and staff, and we maintain that commitment today and in the future,” it said.
The Ivy League publishes the following statement of support regarding Penns Lia Thomas’ participation in the women’s swimming and diving team. 🌿 pic.twitter.com/wdEDW4ud5O
– The Ivy League (@IvyLeague) January 6, 2022
– Penn Quakers (@pennathletics) January 6, 2022