Trans Swimmer Lia Thomas Wins 200-Meter Freestyle, In Record Time

University of Pennsylvania trans swimmer Lia Thomas won a second straight Ivy League title victory: winning the 200-meter meet on Friday over second-place swimmer Samantha Shelton.

Thomas’ 1:43.12 time became a record at Harvard’s Blodgett Pool, beating the prior record mark of 1:43.78.

Audiences didn’t need goggles to see the win coming for Thomas.

The controversial male-to-female trans competitor won the 500-yard women’s freestyle at the Ivy League Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships on Thursday night. The win marked Thomas’ first record performance of the week after finishing with a 4:37.32 time.

Thomas’ dominance in the sport has been deemed adverse to women’s athletics based on the observable physical differences between men and women across the gamut of competition.

During Thursday’s race, an ESPN analyst commented on the all-upper-body technique that Thomas was using to glide by female competitors.

OutKick’s Joe Kinsey has closely followed Thomas’ transition into women’s swimming at Penn.

In an exclusive interview with OutKick, an anonymous teammate confessed to perceiving Thomas’ inclusion as a firm disadvantage to biologically female competitors.

“It was this physical advantage that had Thomas’ teammates pleading with OutKick in December to tell their stories and what the sport was up against,” Kinsey previously noted. “It’s why an anonymous Penn swimmer told OutKick about Thomas leaving fellow teammates in tears on the starting blocks.”

The future of women’s athletics continues to sink like a stone.

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Written by Alejandro Avila


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  1. If you’ve ever been a competitive swimmer you know that Lia hasn’t even tapered yet which means she has come nowhere close to her best times yet. If she swims at NCAA’s, which sounds like it will happen, Lia will be tapered and then watch the time drops Lia has. These other meets mean nothing.

      • Tapered essentially means to reduce your workload to rest your body and allow your muscles to recover. This is done at the end of the season to achieve peak performance but you might also do a shorter taper once during the season to gauge how your doing. The dual meets during the season mean nothing. Swimmers will actually have a practice the day of dual meets bc the coach wants them to be tired and not do their best times during a dual meet. That’s not the goal. Lia did not need to taper for the Ivy League championships bc the coach knows Lia can beat everybody without tapering. Watch how much Lia’s times drop at NCAA’s if Lia is allowed to compete. Yes, records could be broken.

  2. This is all pure bullshit. These women need to quit bitching about all of this and take a stand. Quit swimming with this dude and perhaps something will change.

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