Parents of University of Pennsylvania women’s swim team members are demanding the NCAA change rules allowing biological males, including Lia Thomas, to dominate against females.
Thomas broke two national records this month, outpacing teammate Anna Sofia Kalandadze by 38 seconds, and previously competed for UPenn’s men’s swim team for three years with times just seconds away from beating women’s world records.
One of the swimmers spoke to Outkick venting frustration about getting obliterated by Thomas. Now the parents of about 10 swimmers are speaking out in a Dec. 5 letter, the Daily Mail reports.
“At stake here is the integrity of women’s sports,” the parents wrote. “The precedent being set – one in which women do not have a protected and equitable space to compete – is a direct threat to female athletes in every sport. What are the boundaries? How is this in line with the NCAA’s commitment to providing a fair environment for student-athletes?”
National radio host and best-selling author Todd Starnes agreed with the parents in an op-ed: “The future of female sports in America is in grave jeopardy and if the Democrats have their way – female athletes could go the way of the dinosaurs.”
The concerned parents are demanding the NCAA speak out.
“Everybody is scared,” one mom who wished to remain anonymous for fear of repercussions, told the Daily Mail. “Parents are also scared that the kids will be harmed. We are paying $80,000 for this school. Their life will be impacted.”
One mother said transgender athletes should have their own league to make it fair for everyone.
“The NCAA obviously didn’t think much about the rules they set,” she explained. “It’s not fair to the women on the team and it’s not fair to Lia as well. She went through transition, and I admire her bravery. But the records she sets now are not valued records, female records.”
The Ivy League school responded to the parents, guiding them to counseling and psychological services and the LGBT Center.
“Please know that we fully support all our swimming student-athletes and want to help our community navigate Lia’s success in the pool this winter,” the university said. “Penn Athletics is committed to being a welcoming and inclusive environment for all our student-athletes, coaches and staff and we hold true to that commitment today and in the future.”
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