Breaking Records: Biological Male Lia Thomas Competing in Women’s Swim Teams Wins More Titles.

Well, this was predicted to happen. William "Lia" Thomas, a biological male who competes for the women's swimming team at the University of Pennsylvania has won multiple titles over the weekend and set meet records.

This is in addition to the 500-Yard Freestyle at Ivy League Championships from earlier in the week, which Madeline reported on. Thomas was also cleared earlier this month to compete in the NCAA championships.

On Friday night, Thomas won the 200-yard freestyle Ivy League Championship competition at Blodgett Pool at Harvard University, as Ryan Gaydos reported for Fox News. Thomas’ time was 1:43:12, setting a record for the meet and at the pool. 

The women finishing behind Thomas, finished about two seconds behind. 

From Gaydos’ report:

The previous marks were set by Harvard’s Miki Dahlke. She set the pool record with a 1:45.00 mark in 2018 and at the meet record in 2020 with a 1:47.78 in 2020.

Harvard finished Nos. 2 and 3. Samantha Shelton finished with a 1:45.82, and Molly Hamlin had a 1:47.33.

As Gaydos subsequently covered on Saturday night, Thomas went on to win the 100-yard freestyle, which took place at Harvard as well. Thomas was competing against another transgender swimmer, Iszac Henig of Yale University, who is transitioning from female to male. 

Gaydos’ Saturday report, which refers to Henig as “he,” noted:

Thomas finished with a 47.63 mark while Henig finished with a 47.82 mark. Thomas’ mark is also a record for Blodgett Pool at Harvard University, where the meet was taking place. 

Henig, who is transitioning from female to male and uses male pronouns, had some momentum going into the race. He had set a meet record in the preliminary race earlier Saturday and even topped Thomas. He had the lead in the first back and forth before Thomas turned on the jets.

It’s the third individual win for Thomas during the week.

Henig, however, beat Thomas in previous races last month, as Madeline reported about collegiate swim meets. According to the Daily Mail, Henig is delaying hormone treatment therapy so as to finish competing for the Yale swim team. 

 

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