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NCAA swimmer calls for rule change after losing to Lia Thomas

A Virginia Tech swimmer blasted the NCAA over its rule permitting transgender ladies to compete in opposition to organic ladies after she got here up quick in a championship qualifying race that was dominated by University of Pennsylvania transgender swimmer Lia Thomas.

Reka Gyorgy leveled the criticism in a submit to her personal Instagram account after lacking the reduce on Thursday to compete within the finals of the five hundred free on the NCAA Championships, Fox News reported.

“It doesn’t promote our sport in a good way and I think it is disrespectful against the biologically female swimmers who are competing in the NCAA,” Gyorgy mentioned of the rule that has acquired appreciable scrutiny since Thomas has smashed data in her first season competing on the collegiate stage as a transgender lady.

Gyorgy additionally positioned blame on Thomas for her failure to qualify for the finals race and mentioned she felt the final spot to get into the comfort ultimate was taken from her “because of the NCAA’s decision to let someone who is not a biological female compete.”

Thomas completed with a 4:33.82 within the preliminaries and in the end took dwelling the nationwide ladies’s 500 free title when she gained the finals race with a time of 4:33.24.

Gyorgy’s letter urged the school sports activities group to amend its rule.

Penn Quakers swimmer Lia Thomas swims the 100 free at the NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships.
Thomas has confronted some backlash with quite a few organizations and athletes questioning the equity of a swimmer who was born as a organic male competing in opposition to ladies.
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“I’d like to point out that I respect and fully stand with Lia Thomas; I am convinced that she is no different than me or any other D1 swimmer who has woken up at 5 a.m. her entire life for morning practice,” wrote Gyorgy.

“On the other hand, I would like to critique the NCAA rules that allow her to compete against us, who are biologically women.”

Gyorgy has swam for the Hokies for the previous 5 years and represented her dwelling nation of Hungary within the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Virginia Tech swimmer Reka Gyorgy.
Virginia Tech swimmer Reka Gyorgy felt the final spot to get into the comfort ultimate was taken from her due to Thomas.
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“I know you could say I had the opportunity to swim faster and make the top 16, but this situation makes it a bit different and I can’t help but be angry or sad. It hurts me, my team and other women in the pool,” wrote Gyorgy.

“One spot was taken away from the girl who got 9th in the 500 free and didn’t make it back to the A final preventing her from being an All-American. Every event that transgender athletes competed in was one spot taken away from biological females throughout the meet.”

The two-time NACC champion and two-time All-American swimmer mentioned the NCAA “knew what was coming this past week,” criticizing the media frenzy the group attributable to not addressing the difficulty.

“It is the result of the NCAA and their lack of interest in protecting their athletes. I ask the NCAA takes time to think about all the other biological women in swimming, try to think how they would feel if they would be in our shoes. Make the right changes for our sport and for a better future in swimming,” Gyorgy concluded.

The NCAA didn’t instantly reply to The Post’s request for remark.

Thomas has confronted some backlash with quite a few organizations and athletes questioning the equity of a swimmer who was born as a organic male competing in opposition to ladies.

The NCAA made new laws about transgender athletes earlier this season, and primarily left eligibility up to particular person sports activities.

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