The University of Pennsylvania is currently embroiled in controversy over a biological male “transgender woman” being allowed to compete against biological women in women’s college swimming.
The so-called “transgender woman,” Lia Thomas, made headlines recently when he came out on top at the Zippy Invitational competition at Akron University, finishing a whopping 38 seconds ahead of the biological woman in second place.
Despite what some say is his unfair advantage, Thomas is slated to compete at the NCAA championships in March.
Thomas can be seen in the photo below:
Hats off to Lia Thomas (right) for breaking all these records in women’s swimming competitions. I just wish we knew what her secret was so every athlete could be as talented. #UPenn pic.twitter.com/QgloR405b9
— Brandon Morse (@TheBrandonMorse) December 7, 2021
According to interviews with two of his teammates on the University of Pennsylvania’s women’s swim team, his peers aren’t happy with what’s been transpiring.
One peer told Outkick that she “wants people to know that Penn swimmers are ‘angry’ over the lack of fairness in the sport as Lia Thomas destroys the record books and brings fellow teammates to tears.”
She spoke with the sports outlet anonymously because of “threats from the university, activists, and the political climate.”
Threats from left-wing activists, that is.
According to the anonymous peer, she witnessed Thomas’s victory at the Zippy Invitational. She also witnessed what transpired next.
Outkick reports that she “described Penn swimmers on the Akron pool deck as upset and crying, knowing they were going to be demolished by Thomas.”
“They feel so discouraged because no matter how much work they put in it, they’re going to lose. Usually, they can get behind the blocks and know they out-trained all their competitors and they’re going to win and give it all they’ve got,” the anonymous Penn student said.
“Now they’re having to go behind the blocks knowing no matter what, they do not have the chance to win. I think that it’s really getting to everyone.”
High school girls who’ve been forced to compete — and ultimately lose to — biological males have expressed the same frustration:
These girls are hurt by transgender competition.
Since 2017, two males who identify as female have taken 15 women’s state championship titles in Connecticut alone.
You can be pro trans rights without destroying women’s sports. It’s not that hard. https://t.co/c33WnIHGK4
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) March 1, 2021
Outkick notes that as a “transgender woman,” Thomas hasn’t just destroyed his biological woman opponents — he’s also rewritten Penn’s swimming records. This is notable given that as a male swimmer, Thomas hadn’t even been close to being on top.
When he participated in the 2018-2019 All-Ivy league competition as a male swimmer, he didn’t make it onto what’s known as the first team.
Nevertheless, Thomas apparently now has a habit of bragging about his victories over biological women.
After he recently set a 200 freestyle Ivy League record, he allegedly said, “That was so easy, I was cruising.”
Then after he set a 500 freestyle record, he expressed being unhappy with it but still bragged, “At least I’m still number one in the country.”
“Well, obviously she’s No. 1 in the country because she’s at a clear physical advantage after having gone through male puberty and getting to train with testosterone for years. Of course you’re number one in the country when you’re beating a bunch of females. That’s not something to brag about,” the student speaking with Outkick said.
Thomas feels otherwise. Watch as he argues that him competing against biological women isn’t unfair:
UPenn transgender swimmer Lia Thomas says it’s completely fair to compete against women:
“Everybody is able to compete in the category they’re most comfortable with unless there’s a proven unfair advantage that they have.” pic.twitter.com/JGzeUZ0SnG
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) December 9, 2021
Another Penn student on the school’s women’s swimming team also recently spoke out about Thomas. Speaking with Outkick last week, she said that “everyone” on the team is upset by Thomas, except for their coach.
“Pretty much everyone individually has spoken to our coaches about not liking this. Our coach [Mike Schnur] just really likes winning. He’s like most coaches. I think secretly everyone just knows it’s the wrong thing to do,” the female student said.
She added that when around Thomas, she and her teammates feel pressured to be supportive. While she didn’t offer a reason why, the assumption is that they’re scared of him, which some say is expected since he’s much larger than them.
“When the whole team is together, we have to be like, ‘Oh my gosh, go Lia, that’s great, you’re amazing.’ It’s very fake,” the student said.
The question now on critics’ minds is what exactly it’ll take to put an end to this.
“Does Floyd Mayweather have to identify as a woman and get into the ring as a female boxer? Or Usain Bolt come out of retirement to compete on the women’s springing circuit? Or perhaps Michael Phelps really should transition and jump in the pool against women half his size and with a fraction of his speed?” British critic Piers Morgan wrote in a recent op-ed.
“Stop this insanity now, before it’s too late,” he added.
This sentiment is shared by many.
If Michael Phelps began competing as a transgender woman, all hell would break loose – so why is nothing being done to stop trans athletes like Lia Thomas from destroying women’s sport?https://t.co/bWMB8PG4Rs pic.twitter.com/HH56nZHdBk
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) December 7, 2021
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