University of Pennsylvania’s Leah Thomas Nomination for NCAA Woman of the Year Award Causes Backlash

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Swimmer Leah Thomas was nominated for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award. University of Pennsylvaniawhich caused a backlash on social media.

Transgender athlete was nominated for an award NCAA awardwhich recognizes female student athletes, according to the award announcement.

Some on social media were quick to call on the University of Pennsylvania for the nomination.

“It’s not ‘turning on’ that makes the Ivy League pull these kinds of stunts. It’s misogyny — and a total contempt for the truth,” said Abigail Schrier, author of Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Infatuation That Seduces Our Daughters.

LIA THOMAS NOMINATED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA FOR NCAA WOMAN OF THE YEAR AWARD

Transgender woman Leah Thomas (left) of the University of Pennsylvania stands on the podium after winning the 500-yard freestyle, while fellow medalists (LR) Emma Veyant, Erica Sullivan and Brooke Ford pose for a photo at NCAA Division I Women's Swimming. ;amplifier;  The Diving Championship will take place on March 17, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Transgender woman Leah Thomas (left) of the University of Pennsylvania stands on the podium after winning the 500-yard freestyle, while fellow medalists (LR) Emma Veyant, Erica Sullivan and Brooke Ford pose for a photo at NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming. ;amplifier; The Diving Championship will take place on March 17, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia.
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Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, called the nomination “a direct attack” on female athletes at the University of Pennsylvania.

Former professional tennis player Martina Navratilova asked the NCAA: “What’s wrong with you?”

After being criticized by a Twitter user for not supporting Leah Thomas, Navratilova responded, “So I should be happy that biological women are being pushed aside when it comes to sports?”

According to the announcement, NCAA member schools are “encouraged to recognize their top female graduate athletes by nominating them for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award.”

FINA APPROVES “GENDER INCLUSION POLICY” FOR TRANS GENDER SWIMMERS

University of Pennsylvania swimmer Leah Thomas and Kentucky swimmer Riley Gaines react after placing 5th in the 200 freestyle final at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships on March 18, 2022 at the McAuley Aquatic Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

University of Pennsylvania swimmer Leah Thomas and Kentucky swimmer Riley Gaines react after placing 5th in the 200 freestyle final at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships on March 18, 2022 at the McAuley Aquatic Center in Atlanta, Georgia.
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Thomas, a former swimmer from the University of Pennsylvania, won the 500-yard freestyle at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships in March 2022.

Thomas’ participation in women’s college swimming sparked a heated debate around the country.

Riley Gaines, swimmer University of Kentucky who tied with Leah Thomas for fifth at the NCAA Swimming Championships in March, said most athletes are not okay with the trajectory of women’s sports.

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“Most of us, athletes or women in general, don’t really agree with this, and they are not happy with the trajectory of this, the way this is happening and where it could end up in a few years,” Gaines. said on the “Unmuted with Marsha” podcast with Sep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn.

The nomination comes after FINA, the governing body of international swimming, voted to approve a new policy on transgender swimmers.

A newly approved “gender integration policy” allows swimmers who transition before the age of 12 to compete in women’s events.