Leah Thomas controlled the final 100 yards of the 500-yard freestyle, making history on Thursday, becoming the first known transgender woman to win an NCAA swimming championship. Leah Thomas of the University of Pennsylvania has become the first transgender athlete to win an NCAA Division I championship after winning the women’s 500-yard freestyle, according to ESPN.
Lia Thomas took control in the final 100 yards of the 500-yard freestyle to make history Thursday as the first known transgender woman to win an NCAA swimming championship.
Thomas, the University of Pennsylvania senior who entered the NCAA women’s swimming and diving championships as the top seed, touched first with a season-best time 4min 33.24sec at the McAuley Aquatic Center in Atlanta, Georgia.
“I didn’t have a whole lot of expectation for this meet,” Thomas said. “I was just happy to be here and race and compete the best I could.” ‘Reporting by theguardian.com’
Leah Thomas became the first trans athlete to win an NCAA swimming championship. March 18 (Reuters) – Penn Quaker’s swimmer Leah Thomas became the first transgender NCAA champion in Division I history after winning the women’s 500-yard freestyle in Atlanta. University of Pennsylvania transgender Leah Thomas competes in the 500-yard freestyle final of the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships Thursday, March 17, 2022, at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Atlanta.
Thomas, a trans woman, hit a wall in 4:33.24 in the 500-yard freestyle on Thursday night, becoming the first known transgender athlete to win the Division I national championship in any sport. Her opponent, a swimmer from the University of Pennsylvania, is also a favorite to win the 200-yard freestyle on Friday and will compete in the 100-yard freestyle on Saturday. With this victory, Thomas became the first transgender athlete to win a DI title in any sport.
Thomas and runner-up Emma Viyant shot back-to-back in the second half of the 500-yard freestyle, but Thomas retired in the final 150 yards to win his first national championship. This made Leah Thomas the first trans swimmer to achieve success in the NCAA. After posting the nation’s top results in the 200 and 500 freestyle tournaments in December at the Zippy Invitational in Akron, Ohio, Thomas drew national attention.
Thomas, who is a transgender woman, touched the wall in 4 minutes, 33.24 seconds in the 500-yard freestyle on Thursday night to become the first known transgender athlete to win a Division I national championship in any sport.
Thomas finished 1.75 seconds ahead of second-place Emma Weyant, who attends Virginia. Thomas’ time was a season-best and a little more than 9 seconds off of Katie Ledecky’s 4:24.06 record.
The race began with the crowd cheering for each of the swimmers, but fans were noticeably quiet for Thomas’ introduction. Save Women’s Sports founder Beth Stelzer draped a vinyl banner with the organization’s phrase over the railing. ‘Reporting by espn.com’
Okay, here’s my point. What happens if a transgender man or woman (God Forbid) commits a serious crime such as murder? The citizens of America or shocked (or not) that the defense for a transgender man is, he didn’t commit the crime she did.
I am a firm believer in the right to do what we want as long as it doesn’t endanger anyone. Transgender people have the right to change whatever it is they want to change about themselves. There have already been cases where transgender men have gotten the hell beat out of them when a father of a little girl or older female realized that he was transgender and was in the women’s restroom with his daughter.
Is this a hate crime? How can it be a hate crime when a transgender male is a man on his birth certificate and that can not be changed. What will be the fallout from the American people when this actually happens, and if I thought of it it’s sure to happen in the future. Transgenders need to stay with their birth as a female or male academically. Biblical teachings tell us the world will get even more wicked than when the Bible was written. I say GETTING?
God Bless America, God Bless the Veterans