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