Crowd Boos and Teammates Ignore Lia Thomas’s NCAA Victory | National Review

Crowd Boos and Teammates Ignore Lia Thomas’s NCAA Victory | National Review

Lia Thomas prepares for the 200 free at the NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Ga. (Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports via Reuters)

Atlanta, Ga. — Lia Thomas, the transgender-identifying male swimmer competing in the NCAA women’s swim championships, tied fifth on Friday with Riley Gaines of the University of Kentucky in the women’s 200-yard freestyle. Taylor Ruck, a Stanford junior, came in first at 1:41.12.

During the introductions for the 200-yard swim, each female athlete was greeted with unanimous cheers and applause. But when Lia Thomas’s name was announced, boos could be heard as well.

On Thursday, Thomas was awarded the 500-yard freestyle championship, with a finishing time of 4:34.99. When Ruck won the 200-yard freestyle, her teammates crowded around her and the crowd cheered.

However, when Thomas finished first in the 500-yard freestyle, the crowd’s reaction was more split, and Thomas’s teammates were noticeably less enthusiastic. Thomas walked alone to the camera crew, as female swimmers chose to hug each other instead.

As Thomas gave an interview to ESPN, one women’s-rights protestor shouted, “He’s a man!”

Madeleine Kearns is a staff writer at National Review and a visiting fellow at the Independent Women’s Forum.

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