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Transgender swimmer Lia Thomas finishes 5th in NCAA women's 200-yard freestyle final

University of Pennsylvania swimmer Lia Thomas finished tied for fifth Friday in the women's 200-yard freestyle final at the NCAA swimming and diving championships at Atlanta.

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University of Pennsylvania swimmer Lia Thomas finished tied for fifth Friday in the women’s 200-yard freestyle final at the NCAA swimming and diving championships at Atlanta.

Highlights

  • Taylor Ruck of Stanford won the race in 1:41.12.
  • Thomas touched the wall in 1.43.40, as did Riley Gaines of Florida.
  • Thomas became the first transgender athlete to win an NCAA Division I title on Thursday.
  • One person yelled “cheater” as Thomas gave her interview after the 500-yard freestyle race.
  • There were a few jeers from spectators in the venue, with one person yelling “cheating” as she gave an interview in Atlanta, CNN’s Tom Charity says Thomas is the first trans-athlete to win a Division I Division I swimming championship title in the U.S.