Penn University trans swimmer anonymously assaulted by teammate

PHILADELPHIA – A member of the University of Pennsylvania women’s swim team spoke to OutKick, the right-wing sports website owned by Fox News, this week before anonymously attacking her teammate, trans swimmer Lia Thomas .

The swimmer, who said she feared for her ability to find a job after graduating from college for sharing her honest opinion of her teammate Trans, was given anonymity according to OutKick for this reason.

In the OutKick article anonymous swimmer alleges that most of the team expressed their dissatisfaction with the situation [Thomas on the team] to their trainer, Mike Schnur.

“Almost everyone has talked to our individual coaches about not liking it. Our coach [Mike Schnur] really like to win. He’s like most coaches. I think secretly everyone knows it’s the wrong thing to do, ”swimmer Penn said in a telephone interview.

“When the whole team is together, we have to be like ‘Oh my God, come on Lia, that’s great, you are amazing.’ This is very false, ”she added.

Thomas broke previously set records at school. According to Swim swam, the Austin, Texas-based swimming news and lifestyle website, in a meeting that included Princeton and Cornell Universities on November 20, Thomas achieved a time of 1:43:47 at 200 meter freestyle and 4:35:06 in the 500 meter freestyle. These days were records for Penn and would have placed Thomas second and third respectively at the NCAA Women’s Championships.

According to OutKick the coronavirus pandemic has played a role in the ongoing controversy as the 2020 season has been halted.

Team members were first alerted to the coming change in 2019 when Thomas, who was part of the All-Ivy League second-team as a male in the 2018-19 season, took off. announced that he would go through the transition that would allow him to compete. as a woman under the NCAA Transgender Policy.

The policy set by the NCAA:

the National College Athletics Association (NCAA), which hosts competitions in 23 sports at more than 1,000 colleges and universities, does not require sex-confirming surgery or legal recognition of a player’s transitional gender for transgender players to be included in the game. a team that matches their identity. However, things get a bit tricky when hormones are used. NCAA recommended policy requires one year of hormone therapy as a condition before competing on a women’s team. Conversely, athletes assigned to a woman at birth remain eligible to compete in women’s sports unless or until that athlete begins a physical transition using hormones (testosterone).

NCAA Policy on Participation of Transgender Student-Athletes

The following policies clarify the participation of transgender student-athletes undergoing hormone therapy for gender transition:

1. A trans male student-athlete (FTM) who has received a medical exception for testosterone treatment for a diagnosed gender identity disorder or gender dysphoria and / or transsexualism, for the purposes of NCAA competition may compete on a men’s team, but is no longer eligible to compete on a women’s team without changing the team status to a mixed team.

2. A trans student-athlete (MTF) treated with an anti-testosterone drug for gender identity disorder or gender dysphoria and / or transsexualism, for the purpose of NCAA competition may continue to compete on a team. male but cannot compete in a female team. team without changing it to a mixed team status until the end of a calendar year of testosterone suppression therapy.

Any transgender student-athlete who is not undergoing gender transition hormone therapy can participate in sex-separated sport activities according to their assigned birth sex.

• A trans male (MTF) student-athlete who is not taking gender-related testosterone may be on a male or female team.

• A transgender transgender (MTF) student-athlete who is not taking gender-related hormonal treatments cannot compete on a women’s team.

This led OutKick to note: Can Lia Thomas reproduce the times displayed by [deadname] after at least a year of testosterone suppression? The teammate who spoke to OutKick doesn’t think that’s out of the question, based on what she saw from Thomas in November and early December..

“A year doesn’t mean anything. What about the puberty years as a man, the male growth you went through as a man? The teammate asked.

According to OutKick, in a study published in the December 2020 edition from the British Journal of Sports Medicine, the researchers found that the one-year waiting period used by the NCAA and other sports organizations is inadequate.

the the website then went to ask:

So if Thomas has such an edge in the pool, as the 2020 study suggests, why don’t the swimmers at Penn put on some sort of protest and shout from the rooftops that it’s unfair?

“There’s a bunch of comments out there on how ‘Oh, these girls just let that happen. They should just boycott or protest. At the end of the day, it’s an individual sport. If we protest, we’re only hurting ourselves because we’re going to miss out on everything we’ve been working for, ”Thomas’s teammate said, but added that“something needs to be done to protect the biological women who have fought for a level playing field in college athletics. “

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