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Another Letter Sent About Lia Thomas: NCAA World Reacts

Lia Thomas walks out of the pool.

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 8: Lia Thomas of the Pennsylvania Quakers after winning the 500 meter freestyle event during a tri-meet against the Yale Bulldogs and the Dartmouth Big Green at Sheerr Pool on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania on January 8, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)

Multiple letters have been sent to the NCAA this year regarding the Lia Thomas situation, with many supporting the Penn swimmer, while others have opposed her right to compete among female swimmers.

Thomas, a transgender swimmer, previously competed for the men's team. However, after transitioning and undergoing hormone therapy, she switched to the women's team.

This year, Lia Thomas won a national championship in the 500 meter freestyle, becoming the first transgender athlete to win a Division 1 title.

The Lia Thomas situation has sparked debates across the sports (and political) worlds. This past week, a group of swimmers from Arizona sent a letter to the NCAA.

"It’s hard to express the anguish the women’s swim community has experienced this past week watching the 2022 NCAA Swim & Dive Championships," the letter reads.

Earlier this month, a Virginia Tech swimmer who competed against Thomas sent a letter to the NCAA.

Thomas became the first transgender athlete to win a Division 1 national championship in any sport earlier this month.

The debate surrounding Thomas isn't likely to go away anytime soon, that much is clear.