A 22-year old swimmer at the University of Pennsylvania -who identifies as transgender- is currently dominating in women’s collegiate swimming circles.
Lia Thomas took the 500-yard freestyle last Friday at the Zippy Invitational at the University of Akron.
During the event, Thomas took a winning time of 4:34.06, setting a new Ivy League record.
According to the New York Post, Thomas shattered records yet again the following day, with a nearly 7-second victory in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:41.93.
This win secured Thomas the fastest finish time in the country for the event.
“(Swimming) is a huge part of my life and who I am. I’ve been a swimmer since I was 5 years old,” Thomas said.
While some take issue with Thomas’ participation in women’s sports, NCAA rules mandate at least one year of testosterone suppression treatment to be eligible to compete as a woman.
Prior to the transition, Thomas competed as a male.
“Being trans has not affected my ability to do this sport and being able to continue is very rewarding,” Thomas said.
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