Controversy Brewing as Lia Thomas Competes in NCAA Div. 1 Women’s Swimming Championships

This week, a male collegiate swimmer who identifies as a woman will compete in the women’s NCAA Div. 1 Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships. Lia Thomas is the top seed in both the 200-yard and 500-yard freestyle races and will make history as one of the first openly transgender athletes in women’s collegiate sports, no matter how he performs.

The University of Pennsylvania swimmer previously competed for three seasons as Will Thomas on the UPenn men’s swimming team but started competing on the women’s team last fall. Thomas began taking hormone replacement therapy to lower his testosterone in May of 2019.

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