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Penn Swim Parents Send Letter To NCAA Demanding Rules Change

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The parents of University of Pennsylvania swimmers, who are frustrated over the dominance of transgender swimmer Lia Thomas, have sent a letter to the NCAA demanding changes to ensure an equal playing field — or, in this case, pool — for their daughters.

Thomas, who spent three seasons swimming as a male on the men’s team, spent November and early December smashing school records in several women’s freestyle events and is positioned to win NCAA national titles in March.

The Penn parents say enough is enough and that the NCAA needs to think about the biological women who are losing their equitable space in athletics.

“At stake here is the integrity of women’s sports,” the letter obtained by The DailyMail states. “The precedent being set – one in which women do not have a protected and equitable space to compete – is a direct threat to female athletes in every sport. What are the boundaries? How is this in line with the NCAA’s commitment to providing a fair environment for student-athletes?

“It is the responsibility of the NCAA to address the matter with an official statement. As the governing body, it is unfair and irresponsible to leave the onus on Lia, Lia’s teammates, Lia’s coaches, UPenn athletics and the Ivy League. And it is unfair and irresponsible to Lia to allow the media to dictate the narrative without the participation of the NCAA.”

So far, the NCAA has remained silent on the matter.

During exclusive interviews with OutKick, two Penn swimmers spoke out on how the addition of Thomas to the women’s team has caused chaos and has even brought some Penn swimmers to tears.

“They feel so discouraged because no matter how much work they put in it, they’re going to lose. Usually, they can get behind the blocks and know they out-trained all their competitors and they’re going to win and give it all they’ve got,” the source told OutKick.

The parents, who say they spend $80,000 a year to send their daughters to Penn, don’t seem to be getting support on this matter from the school. In a statement provided to the parents, Penn doesn’t seem ready to create an equitable space for the biologically female swimmers.

“Penn Athletics is committed to being a welcoming and inclusive environment for all our student-athletes, coaches and staff and we hold true to that commitment today and in the future,” the school announced.

In other words, when the Penn swimming season gets rolling again in January, you can fully expect Lia Thomas will be right there in the pool smashing swimmers from Dartmouth, Yale, Harvard and West Chester on the way to an appearance at the NCAA championships in Atlanta.

Written by Joe Kinsey

I'm an Ohio guy, born in Dayton, who roots for Ohio State and can handle you guys destroying the Buckeyes, Urban Meyer and everything associated with Columbus.

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