It’s all going smoothly in Ivy League women’s watersports. In a shock result at last week’s meet at the University of Pennsylvania, Lia Thomas, of the home team, who has transitioned from male to female, lost the 100- and 400-yard freestyle events to Yale’s Iszac Henig, who is transitioning from female to male.
Are they gaming the system
The rules for college sports are set by the National Collegiate Athletic Association. These guidelines are written in 2010, and don’t require that trans athletes sacrifice their assets or undergo gender-reassignment surgeries. They state that a man may compete in women’s sport after completing “one calendar year of testosterone suppression treatment.”
Lia Thomas began her college swimming career with Penn’s men’s team. However, she has continued to follow the NCAA’s science guidelines. Although she may not have had her profile surgically altered in the water for women, her testosterone levels are sufficient to allow her to swim with them. And how she swims
At the Zippy Invitational last month in Akron (Ohio), Thomas ran the one-mile freestyle so quickly that she set a national record for college girls. Her time was 15: 59. 71: nearly 40 seconds ahead of her nearest competitor and only 40 seconds behind the world record.
In Akron, Thomas also set a new Ivy League record in the 500-yard freestyle (4: 34. 06) and broke the pool, meet and program records in the 200-yard freestyle (1: 41.93).
Iszac Henneg was born a woman, but identifies himself as a trans man. He has had his breasts removed, but he decided not to undergo the testosterone treatment, which would have prevented him from swimming with women. Henig has it both ways but it seems to be working.
At the Penn meet, Henig beat Thomas twice and set a new record in the 50-yard freestyle. Some observers suspect that Thomas, who had set records in Akron for swimming, intentionally swam slowly. This was known as throwing a fight in the old days.
” I love to swim with women / And women love swimming alongside me,” sang the old song. The women of the Ivy League don’t love swimming with Thomas and Henig, but the politically correct commissars of the Ivy League are cowed by trans-rights activists, so they’re overruling the protests and calling anyone who objects “transphobic.”
This isn’t just unfair. It is discriminatory and dangerous.
America is a place where anyone can be who they want. We must respect Iszac’s and Lia’s new identities. As the children say, they are living the best life possible and that’s their business until it becomes someone else’s business.
Is it possible for a male-to female transsportsman to have an advantage in college admissions? It’s true: Lia Thomas swims at full-scholarship speed. And what happens when a 250-pound biological male “self-identifies” his way into wo