Trans swimmer Lia Thomas loses to fellow trans swimmer

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Lia Thomas, the transgender swimmer who made headlines for her record times, was beaten in a weekend swim competition – by a male-to-female swimmer.

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Thomas, who swims for the University of Pennsylvania, finished fifth in the 100-meter freestyle in Penn’s tri-meet with Yale and Dartmouth, the Daily Mail reported.

The first was Yale’s Iszac Henig, who stunned spectators – not only with his impressive 49.57 seconds, but like Thomas, who swam 52.84 seconds, he is also transgender. But unlike Thomas Henig, he goes from woman to man.

So to clarify, Thomas is a a trans woman who is on hormone replacement therapy, while Henig is a trans man who is not. It’s also worth noting that both follow NCAA rules.

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“I was not prepared for this,” a relative of Penn told the To post . “Everything is turned upside down. I can’t understand this.

The parent added, “The NCAA needs to do something about this. They must integrate science into the decision and the discussion.

Henig had his breasts removed but according to a New York Times column in June, he wasn’t taking hormones yet because he wanted to compete in the pool.

“As a student-athlete, coming out as a trans guy put me in a weird position,” Henig wrote. “I could start hormones to more align with myself, or wait, make a social transition and continue to compete on a women’s swim team. I opted for the latter.

Henig added: “I appreciate my contributions to the team and I recognize that my childhood does not depend on whether there is more or less testosterone in my veins. At least that’s what I’ll try to remember when I put on the women’s swimsuit for competition and remember a me that I no longer feel attached to.

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