UPenn swimmer taunts school for letting trans teammate Lia Thomas join
A swimmer on the University of Pennsylvania women’s team criticized the school for focusing all of her attention on transgender teammate Lia Thomas, claiming the university would file a lawsuit if there were a rule change preventing her from participating in the March NCAA Championship.
The swimmer, who spoke to Fox news on condition of anonymity, said it wasn’t fair to let Thomas, 22, who transitioned from male to female last year, compete with athletes born as female and said the university was fixated on helping Thomas to survive. compete.
She added that she had heard “from some administrators” that UPenn or Penn Athletic would file a lawsuit banning Thomas from competing in the 2022 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships.
“I feel like if USA Swimming changes their rules [for trans athletes]”They will sue Lia for swimming, but they wouldn’t do that for us,” she said. “That’s just really annoying.”
A teammate of transgender UPenn swimmer Lia Thomas, pictured, said it wasn’t fair for the school to let Thomas continue to swim in the women’s team
The teammate was yet another swimmer who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss her concerns about Thomas, who transitioned from male to female last year, switching from the men’s swim team to the women’s swim team.
The teammate also claimed that the University of UPenn Athleteics was willing to file a lawsuit if Thomas is barred from competing in the 2022 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. UPenn women’s swimmers and divers relax on the beach in January 2020. Lia Thomas is surrounded
UPenn did not immediately respond to DailyMail.com’s request for comment.
Like many critics of Thomas on the team, the teammate spoke anonymously because she feared the reaction and would be labeled transphobic.
She told Fox that it was ultimately impossible for Thomas to compete fairly with other female swimmers.
“We kind of realize it’s not just the testosterone levels,” she said. “It’s the testosterone levels over the last 20 years and how that affected, you know, the fact that… [Thomas] went through male puberty and the way her heart and lungs and her hands were built and the way she circulates blood and the lactic acid and all that sort of thing.
“Things like that — it’s not just the difference between two girls and how you can have slightly bigger lungs and that gives them a little advantage,” she added.
‘These are monumental benefits that biological men don’t develop until puberty, and it’s not something that lasts a year’ [hormone treatments] can suppress because they still have all the muscle mass of the past 20 years.’
The teammate added that UPenn seems to care more about Thomas than the rest of the team as multiple members continue to protest against Thomas’ inclusion on the team.
“They actually say swimming with Lia is non-negotiable,” she said. “They weren’t willing to really help us, they were just willing to sweep it under the rug and be” [say]”Oh, your feelings are valid.”
“They’re proving once again that they don’t really care about their female athletes,” said the University of Pennsylvania swimmer.
“They say they care about us and they’re here for our emotions, but why do we have to be merciful losers? … Who are you to tell me I shouldn’t win because I do want to win. I am swimming. I spend more than 20 hours a week on the sport.
“These people in the administrative division at Penn who just think women should just turn around – it’s disturbing and it’s reminiscent of the 1970s when they were fighting for title IX and stuff like that. They don’t really care about women at all.’
The anonymous teammate said UPenn seems to care more about Thomas than the rest of the team as multiple members continue to protest Thomas’ inclusion on the team
Thomas previously competed on the UPenn men’s swim team as Will for three years before transferring in 2019 (pictured in 2016 and 2017 respectively)
The NCAA, which has established rules allowing transgender athletes to compete after completing a year of hormone therapy, recently washed its hands of the row and announced that transgender participation is now governed by each sport’s national governing body.
In Thomas’s case, this would fall under USA Swimming, which is considering a new policy.
“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,” USA Swimming stated last week.
“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.”
USA Swimming had said it would allow “non-elite” athletes to compete in a manner “consistent with their gender identity,” but did not clarify whether transgender swimmers like Thomas are considered elite.
USA Swimming has not responded to the DailyMail’s request to provide an update on Thomas’ eligibility to participate.
The latest comments against Thomas come after another teammate spoke to DailyMail.com on Thursday and said she and other teammates were uncomfortable sharing a locker room with Thomas.
“It’s definitely uncomfortable because Lia still has male body parts and is still attracted to women,” the teammate said in an exclusive interview with DailyMail.com.
Lia has told her teammates that she dates women.
While Lia sometimes covers herself with a towel, there is a fair amount of nudity, the swimmer said. She and others have glimpsed her genitals.
She stated that team members raised concerns with the coach, trying to get Thomas out of the female locker room, but got nowhere.
“Multiple swimmers have raised it, multiple times,” said the UPenn swimmer. “But we were basically told that we couldn’t banish Lia by not having her in the dressing room and there’s nothing we can do about it, that we basically have to turn around and accept it or else we can’t use our own dressing room. ‘
“It’s really disturbing because Lia doesn’t seem to care how anyone else feels,” the swimmer continued. “At 35, we’re supposed to accept that we’re uncomfortable in our own space and dressing room because of someone’s feelings.”
Thomas plans to break her lengthy silence and share her story exclusively in an upcoming interview with Sports Illustrated.