Updated: Sep 1, 2022
Written by Emily Martinez
Lia Thomas from the University of Pennsylvania became the first trans woman to win NCAA. She won a 500-yard freestyle in 4 minutes and 33.24 seconds.
During the competition, many people were cheering for the contestants but the crowd was quiet for Thomas's introduction. Many people were protesting against her and Thomas stated "I try to ignore it as much as I can” when asked about how she was feeling being under the spotlight for a couple of months. Lia Thomas had been on the men's team before her transition.
After her transition, there was a lot of arguing explaining there was an advantage. Although after two years of undergoing testosterone suppression therapy she met the NCAAS standards to compete on the women's team. Now Lia Thomas has broken two school records and has made some of the fastest times in the country for 200 and 500-yard freestyle events. She will now take the title of NCAA champion.