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Parent of UPenn swimmer says daughter is angry and lost spots in races because of Lia Thomas

A parent of a UPenn swimmer said his daughter and ” quite a few” teammates are furious and “crying on the pool deck” because they feel they can no longer compete fairly with trans swimmer Lia Thomas on their team.

The parent, who, under the condition of anonymity, speaks with: Fox news, also beat up the NCAA after they decided to “cop-out” and pass responsibility for trans-athlete guidelines to the sports organization, demanding that USA Swimming act and “do the right thing.”

“USA Swimming oversees all swimming in the United States, and I think if they really have the guts, they can create a policy that tells little girls that USA Swimming is in their interest, too.” he said, adding that his daughter was upset about the whole situation and claimed she was losing spots in relay races because of Thomas.

“She’s given this sport everything she’s got, and it feels like something has been taken from her,” he said.

Dad’s statements come after a UPenn swimmer accused Thomas, 22, of plotting to lose to a transgender Yale swimmer in early January to “prove a woman can beat her,” and take the heat off Thomas after garnering controversy for breaking UPenn women’s records.

The father of a UPenn swimmer claimed his daughter and some of her teammates were upset and unable to compete fairly with trans swimmer Lia Thomas (above)

The father of a UPenn swimmer claimed his daughter and some of her teammates were upset and unable to compete fairly with trans swimmer Lia Thomas (above)

Thomas, pictured on January 8, has garnered controversy after switching to a woman and joining UPenn's women's swim team, breaking records

Thomas, pictured on January 8, has garnered controversy after switching to a woman and joining UPenn's women's swim team, breaking records

Thomas, pictured on January 8, has garnered controversy after switching to a woman and joining UPenn’s women’s swim team, breaking records

The father of one of the teammates said team morale was bad and teammates were afraid to speak up because they could be labeled as transphobic.  He urged USA Swimming to pass clear guidelines for trans athletes.  Pictured, the team at the beach on January 3 (circled, Thomas)

The father of one of the teammates said team morale was bad and teammates were afraid to speak up because they could be labeled as transphobic.  He urged USA Swimming to pass clear guidelines for trans athletes.  Pictured, the team at the beach on January 3 (circled, Thomas)

The father of one of the teammates said team morale was bad and teammates were afraid to speak up because they could be labeled as transphobic. He urged USA Swimming to pass clear guidelines for trans athletes. Pictured, the team at the beach on January 3 (circled, Thomas)

Passing the buck on the pronunciation of trans athletes

Wednesday: The NCAA Board of Directors has issued a statement that transgender participation for any sport is governed by the policy of that sport’s national governing body

“In other words, at this point for swimming, this means there is no testosterone suppression requirement, as neither FINA nor USA Swimming have published one,” said an NCAA spokesperson.

Thursday: USA Swimming said it would allow ‘non-elite’ athletes to compete in a way that is ‘consistent with their gender identity’

But the organization did not address the question of whether trans swimmers like Thomas are considered ‘elite’

USA Swimming postpones regulations for elite athletes to the International Swimming Federation FINA

FINA has not yet made any statements about how elite trans athletes can compete

Like many critics of Thomas on the team, the accusing teammate also spoke anonymously for fear of being labeled transphobic.

The father who spoke to Fox echoed these concerns, saying the team “could threaten their future” if they came out openly and criticized Thomas.

He added that there has been a lot of “howling on the pool deck” about the situation.

“They don’t agree with what Lia is doing and they are very unhappy with the situation,” he said. “Morale is bad.”

USA Swimming, which oversees more than 360,000 members, released a statement Thursday after the NCAA’s board of directors said it will update its guidelines for “non-elite” trans athletes to meet the wishes of each sport’s governing body. to follow.

USA Swimming announced it would allow “non-elite” athletes to compete in a manner that is “consistent with their gender identity,” but did not clarify whether transgender swimmers like Thomas are considered elite.

It said it would eventually defer its decisions to FINA, which has not yet issued official guidelines.

“USA Swimming strongly believes in inclusiveness and the opportunity for all athletes to experience the sport of swimming in a way that is consistent with their gender identity and expression,” the statement read.

“We also strongly believe in competitive equality and, like many, do our best to learn and educate ourselves about the right balance in this space.”

The statement cited the International Olympic Committee’s guidelines on transgender participation, which are already obsolete as the IOC now requires the sports federation, also known as FINA, to set its own sport-by-sport eligibility requirements with regard to transgender athletes. drafts.

USA Swimming and FINA did not immediately respond to DailyMail.com’s request for comment.

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The confusion comes as one UPenn swimmer told Outkick.com that she believes Thomas colluded with Yale transgender swimmer Iszac Henig during a 100 freestyle race on Jan. 8.

Henig, 20, is transitioning from female to male but has postponed hormone therapy to qualify for the women’s team.

Henig defeated Thomas in the 100m freestyle to finish with a time of 49.57, more than three seconds ahead of Thomas, who finished sixth with a time of 52.84.

The teammate, who remained anonymous to avoid threats from the university and activists, said she believes Thomas and Henig were planning for the Penn home tri meeting with Yale and Dartmouth earlier this month.

“Looking at (Lia’s) time, I don’t think she tried,” she told Outkick. “I know they’re friends and I know they spoke before the meeting. I think she (Thomas) let her win to prove the point that, “Oh look, a woman-to-man beat me.”

Henig still competes in the Ivy League school's women's team after coming out to coaches and teammates in April 2021, and in July he told the New York Times he wasn't taking hormones because he still wanted to compete.

Henig still competes in the Ivy League school's women's team after coming out to coaches and teammates in April 2021, and in July he told the New York Times he wasn't taking hormones because he still wanted to compete.

Henig, (back row, center), with her Yale teammates before announcing she's transitioning to a man

Henig, (back row, center), with her Yale teammates before announcing she's transitioning to a man

Henig told the New York Times in July that he wasn’t taking any hormones because he wanted to participate anyway

Lia Thomas of Pennsylvania, pictured, watches in the warm-up pool during a swimming competition, Saturday, January 8, 2022, in Philadelphia

Lia Thomas of Pennsylvania, pictured, watches in the warm-up pool during a swimming competition, Saturday, January 8, 2022, in Philadelphia

Lia Thomas of Pennsylvania, pictured, watches in the warm-up pool during a swimming competition, Saturday, January 8, 2022, in Philadelphia

When asked if she thought Thomas was hitting the mark, the teammate said she was convinced. ‘I do. I can’t say for sure, but I wouldn’t be surprised if I found out that was 100% true,” she said.

The anonymous teammate also accused Thomas of throwing another race, the 200m freestyle, where she finished in 1.48.73. Her closest competitor was only two seconds behind her.

“I was on deck and I said to a friend, ‘She’s literally not trying.’ You could just see it,” she told OutKick. “It was obvious. I watched the 200 free and she literally kept up with the other girls.’

At one point she was the number 1 in the country. These are definitely talented swimmers, but they are not of the caliber to be at the top of the country or anything like that,” the team-mate continued.

“You can see when someone dies and they swim slowly,” the swimmer added. “You can also see when someone doesn’t try and I could see (in the 200 freestyle) that Lia didn’t try,” she added.

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