Transgender swimming sensation Lia Thomas will not be the NCAA’s ‘Woman of the Year’ after missing out on her conference’s selection. Thomas, who became the first trans athlete to win a national collegiate championship, was nominated by the University of Pennsylvania.
The Ivy League honor goes instead to Columbia University fencer Sylvie Binder, who was one of eight nominees in the conference and will now compete for the award nationally. Binder joins 150 other biological females to vie for the award meant for biological females.
Thomas competed collegiately for three seasons as a biological male with middling results, with a career that caught fire when the decision to race against biological females was made.
The 6’1” Thomas suddenly vaulted to unforeseen heights as a woman, winning the Division 1 national championship in Atlanta with a 4 min. 33.24 sec. performance in the 500-yard freestyle.
This “victory” came as a banner quietly hung over the railing of the venue at Georgia Tech stating simply, “Save Women’s Sports.”
Meanwhile, Thomas’ biological female teammates began speaking out, even though they were “strongly advised” by the school to avoid the subject.
One understandably anonymous swimmer told an interviewer that some were upset and crying as they watched Thomas blow past a much smaller teammate by 38 seconds. As she noted, “no matter how much work they put in it, they’re going to lose.”
Thomas asserts emphatically that transgender women do not have an unfair biological advantage over biological women. She has also said numerous times that her goal is to compete in the Olympics for the United States.
This may prove difficult as FINA, the governing body for international swimming, recently announced a policy change concerning biological males and females.
Only athletes who “transitioned” before the age of 12 are allowed to participate in elite international swimming events. FINA is a highly influential sports institution, and USA Wrestling and the International Rugby League immediately implemented the same policy.
Perhaps the Ivy League and these sports federations are putting common sense into a situation that is anything but sensical. Biological males should compete with other biological males, this is obvious to every honest observer.