Trans Swimmer Lia Thomas Nominated for NCAA ‘Woman of the Year’

The University of Pennsylvania nominated controversial transgender swimmer Lia Thomas for the 2022 NCAA Woman of the Year award.

The collegiate athletics governing body urges its member schools to “celebrate their top graduating female student-athletes” by submitting them for the honor. Once nominations are made, conferences may choose up to two nominees for the national award.

Thomas in March became the first transgender athlete to win an NCAA D-1 championship by recording the fastest women’s time in the 500-yard freestyle last season. He previously swam for the men’s team but flipped to the women’s and soared up the national rankings.

Now a she, Thomas set season-record times in the 200-yard and 500-yard freestyle races at a December meet in Ohio. She then won the 100-yard, 200-yard, and 500-yard freestyle events in the Ivy League women’s championships in February.

Thomas’ accomplishments as a woman were hardly universally accepted. Many pointed to the obvious advantages of being born a male and then going through puberty gave her over her biological female competition.

Former Olympic gold medal-winning decathlete and now transgender acrivist Caitlyn Jenner called her swimming victories “one of the worst things to happen to the trans community.”

Even Thomas’ teammates raised concerns about tarnished victories over teams with biological females only.

Thomas has a stated goal of competing in the Olympic trials, but that may not happen. FINA, the sport’s international governing body, last month almost universally banned biological males from competing on the elite level.

Since satire and parody are under ferocious attack by the radical transgender lobby, a recent example of the lunacy of UPenn’s actions is clear. The Babylon Bee, a satirical website with clearly conservative leanings, was suspended by Twitter in March for a similar act.

USA Today named transgender Biden administration official Rachel Levine as one of its “Women of the Year.” In response, the site awarded Levine the title of “Man of the Year.”

A well-deserved salute goes out to FINA for sparing the public the spectacle of a biological male with overwhelming physical advantages competing against women. If the NCAA wants to honor Thomas as their Woman of the Year, that’s on them.