Transgender swimmer for University of Pennsylvania, Lia Thomas, won the 200 yard freestyle individual event last Friday, setting a new pool and meet record time of 1 minute, 43.12 seconds.
The swimmer has made headlines in recent years after following all NCAA rules regarding gender transition after beginning her hormone replacement therapy in 2019. Thomas was allowed to swim in this year’s Nationals after NCAA Swimming announced earlier this year that it would not be updating its eligibility requirements for trans swimmers.
Thomas’ new record came a day after winning the 500 yard freestyle in 4 minutes, 37.32 seconds, finishing half a pool length ahead of the next swimmer and setting a pool record for that event.
Thomas’ consistent domination in the pool has been the source of some controversy over the NCAA’s eligibility requirement for trans swimmers. The organization has said it will institute a new set of requirements after this year’s National Championships.
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