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UPenn's Lia Thomas ‘wasn't close' to being competitive as a male: teammate

Added 01-24-22 12:18:02pm EST - “A UPenn swimmer has spoken out against Lia Thomas' dominance in the pool, saying she "was not even close" to being competitive in male events before transitioning.” - Nypost.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nypost.com: “UPenn’s Lia Thomas ‘wasn’t close’ to being competitive as a male: teammate”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A University of Pennsylvania swimmer has spoken out against transgender teammate Lia Thomas’ ongoing dominance in the pool, saying she “was not even close” to being competitive in male events before transitioning.

The anonymous female swimmer gave an interview to the Washington Examiner on Sunday — a day after Thomas, 22, racked up two more wins at a meet against Ivy League rival Harvard University.

She railed against the NCAA for not acknowledging Thomas had a distinct advantage and accused the board of governors of “not protecting women’s rights.”

“Lia was not even close to being competitive as a man in the 50 and the 100 [freestyle events]. But just because Lia is biologically a man, [Lia] is just naturally better than many females in the 50 and the 100 or anything that [Lia] wasn’t good at as a man.”

Thomas, who swam for UPenn’s men’s team for three years before transitioning, has made headlines this year after breaking several school and national records competing as a female.

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