Amid a record-breaking season, University of Pennsylvania swimmer Lia Thomas is making waves, both literally and figuratively, as the transgender athlete continues to dominate in the pool. But the natural-born female teammates of Thomas are not happy about it.
Her controversial success in the women’s swimming competitions prompted intense criticism from many outside the sport.
And now, an anonymous teammate expressed a huge unfairness of the whole situation during an interview with OutKick, saying that Thomas is a source of friction among the women’s swim team at Penn.
SwimSwam has not independently verified that the comments in the report or that they belonged to a member of the Penn women’s team.
The Penn swimmer said that the members of the team have been vocal with the coaches regarding the fact that they aren’t entirely comfortable with Thomas being on the women’s team.
The teammate told OutKick in a story published Thursday:
“Pretty much everyone individually has spoken to our coaches about not liking this. Our coach [Mike Schnur] just really likes winning. He’s like most coaches. I think secretly everyone just knows it’s the wrong thing to do.”
“When the whole team is together, we have to be like, ‘Oh my gosh, go Lia, that’s great, you’re amazing.’ It’s very fake,” she added.
The swimmer also spoke on how incredibly fast Thomas has been this season.
The anonymous teammate went on to express concerns that records broken by Thomas will remain out of reach in the future. OutKick says that it granted the teammate anonymity because she feared that speaking on the record would harm her employment prospects after she graduates.
Thomas joined the women’s team this year after competing for Penn on the men’s swim team for three seasons.
Outkick chief Clay Travis blasted the world of sports for bowing to transgenderism, in an interview with Fox News about the U Penn. swimming team, “..the bigger issue here is it threatens to destroy all of women’s sports, alright?”
“Men — this is not sexism, this is biology — are bigger, stronger, and faster than women,” he added.
“That is why we separate men’s and women’s athletics. So, if you are going to allow highly trained and highly skilled men to decide to compete against women, the women are not going to win, and this is a monster issue that threatens to become major for many other sports as well.”