LIA Thomas has been the focus of much news lately due to her identity as a trans swimmer.
22-year-old swimmer Lia Thomas is an athlete at the University of Pennsylvania.
Who is Lia Thomas?
Lia Thomas is dominating women’s collegiate swimming this season.
She is also the first transgender athlete to win an NCAA DI title, reports CNN.
Thomas won the women’s 500 yard freestyle on March 17, giving her the historic moment of becoming the first transgender athlete to win an NCAA Division I title.
Before swimming on the women’s team, Thomas previously swam for the men’s team at Penn.
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She is in her fifth year at the renowned university and came out as trans in autumn 2019.
The NCAA has since approved her participation in the women’s division.
Thomas touched the wall in 4 minutes, 33.24 seconds in the 500 yard freestyle.
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Where is Lia Thomas from?
The two meter tall swimmer is a pioneer breaking records in the swimming category.
Thomas was raised in Austin, Texas and attended Westlake High School in Travis County, Texas before Penn.
“I just want to show that trans kids and younger trans athletes are not alone,” she said in an interview with Sports Illustrated.
“They don’t have to choose between who they are and the sport they love.”
She spent three seasons competing against men before moving to the women’s team.
The outlet calls Thomas the “strongest collegiate swimmer.”
How many championships has she won?
Penn Athletics official website lists Thomas’ accomplishments for the 2021–2022 season.
- NCAA qualifier in the 100 free
- 200 free and 500 free
- Ivy Championships Qualifier
- Ivy League Champion in 100 Free
- Ivy League Champion in 200 Free
- Ivy League Champion in 500 Free
- High point swimmer of the meeting at the Ivy League Championships
- Part of Penn’s 400-free relay that won an Ivy title with a program record time of 3:17.80
- Part of Penn’s 400 free relay which set a program record at the Ivy Championships with a time of 7:09.91
- Set program records in the categories 100 Free (47.63), 200 Free (1:41.93), 500 Free (4:34.06), 1,000 Free (9:35.96), and 1,650 Free (15:59 ,71) on.
In an interview with SI, Thomas added that she’s not sure what the future holds.
“I don’t know exactly what the future of my swimming will be after this year, but I would like to continue,” said Thomas.
“I want to swim and compete like I am.”
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