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College Nominates Male Swimmer For “Woman of the Year” Award

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has received a nomination of a biological male to be declared the women athlete of the year.  There are 577 graduating female student-athletes who have been nominated by their schools for this coveted award.

As a result, the University of Pennsylvania is facing a wave of criticism from women athletes for nominating transgender college swimmer Lia Thomas for the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s 2022 “Woman of the Year” award.

Thomas, who, after swimming on the men’s team for three years as Will Thomas, recently started competing on the women’s team.

“This is yet another slap in the face to women,” Riley Gaines, a University of Kentucky swimmer who was also nominated for the award, tweeted in response to the news on Friday.

“First a female national title and now nominated for the pinnacle award in collegiate athletics. The @NCAA has made this award worthless.”

In April, Gaines accused the NCAA of showing preferential treatment to the trans-identified athlete over her after they tied in the 200-yard freestyle at the NCAA Women’s Swimming Championship in Atlanta, Georgia.

“When we finished and I went behind the podium to collect my fifth-place trophy … they kind of blatantly told me that Lia would hold the fifth-place trophy and that I could pose with the sixth-place trophy for photos and would be mailed a fifth-place trophy in the mail,” she recalled, speaking to Fox News’ opinion host Tucker Carlson at the time.

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Thomas won the 500-yard freestyle at the 2022 NCAA Women’s Division I Swimming and Diving Championships earlier this year.

“Established in 1991, the award recognizes female student-athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves in their community, in athletics, and in academics throughout their college careers,” the NCAA says in a statement announcing the nominations.

“As 2022 marks the 50th anniversary of Title IX, the NCAA Woman of the Year program is an important opportunity to honor and reflect on the impact of women on intercollegiate sports,” it adds.

Thomas has recorded the fastest times in women’s college swimming in the 200 and 500 freestyle and won a 1,650-meter freestyle event by nearly 40 seconds.

Concerns about fairness in women’s sports have prompted several states to pass laws requiring trans-identified athletes to play on sports teams that correspond with their biological sex as opposed to their chosen gender identity.

A Penn swimmer recently told The Washington Examiner that “I am typically liberal, but this is past that. This is so wrong. This doesn’t make any sense.”

If Thomas is allowed to be rewarded for competing against women, by “identifying” as one himself, several more males to do the same.

So much for #metoo ladies, the woke culture has decided that trans “rights” must trump yours.

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