Virginia Tech Swimmer Criticizes the NCAA’s ‘Disrespectful’ Swim Policy | National Review

Virginia Tech Swimmer Criticizes the NCAA’s ‘Disrespectful’ Swim Policy | National Review


Virginia Tech swimmer Reka Gyorgy has gone on the record, writing an open letter to the NCAA saying that she lost her spot in the finals because of their “decision to let someone who is not a biological female to compete.” Gyorgy said the policy “doesn’t promote our sport in a good way” and is “disrespectful against the biologically female swimmers.” She wrote:

This week has been more about reporters, media and division in our sport than things like two women going under 21 seconds in the 50 freestyle, 3 women going under 50 seconds in the 100 butterfly and the first woman IN HISTORY to go under 48 seconds in the 100 backstroke.

Gyorgy’s decision to go public makes came after her friend, another Virginia Tech swimmer, told Rapid Fire Podcast that her friend and teammate was “very emotional” to have come 17th in the 500-yard freestyle, and so just missing a spot on the finals. (Though her friend didn’t name her, from the interview identifying her wasn’t difficult.)

The athletes and parents I spoke to felt too intimidated to go on the record. We need more brave women like the Virginia Tech swimmers to call out this madness for what it is.

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





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