Swimmer

NCAA Swimmer Who Finished Behind Lia Thomas Releases Statement

Lia Thomas in the NCAA championships.

Lia Thomas in the NCAA championships.

An NCAA swimmer who finished one spot out of the finals in the 500 meter freestyle, which was won by Lia Thomas, has released a statement.

Virginia Tech swimmer Reka Gyorgy, a two-time ACC champion and All-American, finished in 17th in the qualifying of the 500 meter freestyle. Only the top 16 finishers made it to the finals.

Gyorgy has released a statement on the situation surrounding Lia Thomas, a transgender swimmer from Penn.

Thomas, who previously competed for the Penn men’s team, has transitioned and undergone hormone therapy. She won the 500 meter freestyle and competed in other events at the NCAA Championships this week.

Gyorgy is calling on the NCAA to take another look at the situation with Thomas and transgender athletes.

“Every event that transgender athletes participated in was one spot taken away from biological females throughout the meet,” she wrote.

Read More

NCAA Swimmer Speaks Out On Lia Thomas: Sports World Reacts

Lia Thomas speaking to ESPN.

Lia Thomas speaking to ESPN.

A collegiate swimmer who competed against Lia Thomas has released a message for the NCAA, calling for rule changes.

Reka Gyorgy, a female swimmer from Virginia Tech, finished in 17th place in qualifying for the 500 meter freestyle at the NCAA Championships. The top 16 swimmers made it to the finals of the event, so Gyorgy missed out.

The 500 meter freestyle was won by Thomas, the transgender swimmer from Penn. The female swimmer previously competed for the men’s team, but after transitioning and going through hormome therapy, joined the women’s team.

All season long, there’s been discussion about Thomas’ performance and the rules surrounding transgender athletes. While many have supported Thomas’ right to compete, others have pushed back.

“Every event that transgender athletes participated in was one spot taken away from biological females throughout the meet,” Gyorgy wrote.

Gyorgy is one of the first

Read More

Olympic Swimmer Makes Her Opinion On Lia Thomas Very Clear

Lia Thomas at the NCAA championships.

Lia Thomas at the NCAA championships.

An Olympic swimmer who competed against Penn transgender swimmer Lia Thomas has made her opinion on the matter extremely clear.

Thomas, a transgender swimmer for the Penn women’s team, won the 500 meter freestyle at the NCAA Championships this week.

Erica Sullivan, an Olympic silver medalist who came in third in the event, is speaking out in support of Thomas.

“All athletes — including transgender athletes — deserve to be respected and included, exactly as we are,” Sullivan wrote in an op-ed for Newsweek. “Throughout my life, swimming has enabled me to learn so much both in and out of the pool, and transgender athletes should not be excluded from this opportunity.”

Sullivan is a member of the LGBTQ+ community, as well.

“Lia Thomas has been unfairly targeted for just that — for being who she is, a transgender woman,” Sullivan wrote. “Like

Read More

Swimmer Lia Thomas becomes NCAA’s first transgender D-I champion in any sport [Video]

Penn swimmer Lia Thomas won the women’s 500-yard freestyle championship on Thursday to become the first transgender NCAA champion in Division I history.

She finished the race in 4:33.24, beating Virginia’s Emma Weyant by 1.75 seconds. The time fell short of Katie Ledecky’s NCAA-record time of 4:24.06.

Thomas used to compete on the Penn men’s team before transitioning and competing as a woman for the first time this season. Her eligibility has come under scrutiny with critics arguing that she has an unfair advantage in the pool after she went through male puberty. She met NCAA standards to compete as a woman after undergoing testosterone suppression therapy for more than two years.

Since joining the women’s team, Thomas has broken two school records and posted the fastest times in the country in the 200 and 500-yard freestyle events. Now she’s an NCAA champion.

Thomas addressed the scrutiny on

Read More