Tears and Tension as the NCAA Awards a Women’s Championship to a Male Swimmer | National Review

Tears and Tension as the NCAA Awards a Women’s Championship to a Male Swimmer | National Review

Atlanta, Ga. — Lia Thomas was awarded an NCAA championship in the 500-yard freestyle swim on Tuesday after dominating the female athletes in the league. The cheers and applause within the McAuley Aquatic Center were — as in the Tuesday morning prelims — noticeably louder for the second- and third-place finishers.

As Thomas got out of the pool and gave remarks, many onlookers were neither clapping nor smiling. One women’s-rights protester shouted “shame on the NCAA” and “he’s a man!”

Outside, a female Virginia Tech swimmer spoke with a reporter about her teammate who was brought to tears after being bumped out …





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