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In a plot twist that nobody saw coming, Yale transgender swimmer Iszac Henig, who finished the 2021-22 NCAA season as a women’s all-American while transitioning from female to male, is now swimming on the guy’s team and is struggling mightily to not finish in last place at meets.
Perhaps you’ll remember the uproar in December 2021 when OutKick first told you about a male-to-female swimmer named Lia Thomas who was not just beating women’s swimming records at the University of Pennsylvania but destroying those pool and school records.
Thomas went on to win a national championship over three biological female Olympians who never said a word about having their asses beat by a biological male as ESPN cameras rolled.
Henig finished as an all-American at the NCAA championships and proved to be a force in the 50 freestyle.
Now a member of the men’s team, Henig struggled to a 79th finish out of 83 swimmers at an Ohio State meet in November but says in a New York Times opinion piece that it’s all good.
“Now I’m a senior, swimming with the men. I’ve been taking hormones for almost eight months; my times are about the same as they were at the end of last season,” Henig writes.
“Right before Thanksgiving we finished a meet against Ohio State, Notre Dame, Virginia Tech and others. I wasn’t the slowest guy in any of my events, but I’m not as successful in the sport as I was on the women’s team.
Imagine that — a woman eight months into transitioning into a dude finishes 79th out of 83 swimmers.
Did anyone NOT see that result coming?
Thankfully, Henig isn’t complaining about finishing nearly last.
“Instead, I’m trying to connect with my teammates in new ways, to cheer loudly, to focus more on the excitement of the sport. Competing and being challenged is the best part. It’s a different kind of fulfillment. And it’s pretty great to feel comfortable in the locker room every day.”
The transgender fairness fight was never about Henig because everyone knew what would happen when the Yale swimmer faced biological male competition. Henig would get destroyed. And that’s exactly what’s happening. Hey wokes, it’s basic science.
At the November Ohio State meet, Henig beat four swimmers in the 50-free. Those four swimmers are:
• 79th place finisher Ilija Tadic, a Serbian who was born without a left forearm and has competed in the Paralympic Games
• Two Ohio State swimmers that specialize in the breaststroke
• A University of Cincinnati swimmer who specializes in the breaststroke and doesn’t even have a 50-free best time listed on his school bio
The breaststroke guys are used to swimming slow compared to the freestylers. Don’t take my word for it, Google it!
“I believe that when trans athletes win, we deserve to be celebrated just as cis athletes are,” Henig continued. “We are not cheating by pursuing our true selves — we have not forsaken our legitimacy. Elite sports are always a combination of natural advantage or talent and commitment to hard work. There is so much more to a great athlete than hormones or height. I swim faster than some cis men ever will.”
That’s true, Henig will swim faster than some biological men ever will. And there are biological females that will bench press more than some biological men ever will.
But the fact remains that a biological male swimmer has the body structure to go into women’s swimming and dominate just as a biological male disc golf player has the body strength to go into women’s disc golf and dominate that sport to the point where the sport has very specific transgender rules that effectively banned biological men from entering the women’s side and dominating.
Facts are facts, wokes.