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NCAA Swimmer Who Finished Behind Lia Thomas Releases Statement

Lia Thomas in the NCAA championships.

ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 18: University of Pennsylvania swimmer Lia Thomas and Kentucky swimmer Riley Gaines react after finishing tied for 5th in the 200 Freestyle finals at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships on March 18th, 2022 at the McAuley Aquatic Center in Atlanta Georgia. (Photo by Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

An NCAA swimmer who finished one spot out of the finals in the 500 meter freestyle, which was won by Lia Thomas, has released a statement.

Virginia Tech swimmer Reka Gyorgy, a two-time ACC champion and All-American, finished in 17th in the qualifying of the 500 meter freestyle. Only the top 16 finishers made it to the finals.

Gyorgy has released a statement on the situation surrounding Lia Thomas, a transgender swimmer from Penn.

Thomas, who previously competed for the Penn men's team, has transitioned and undergone hormone therapy. She won the 500 meter freestyle and competed in other events at the NCAA Championships this week.

Gyorgy is calling on the NCAA to take another look at the situation with Thomas and transgender athletes.

“Every event that transgender athletes participated in was one spot taken away from biological females throughout the meet," she wrote.

While there are many who feel similarly to Gyorgy, there are also many supporters of Thomas, who believe she has the right to compete among her fellow women. Thomas became the first transgender athlete to win an NCAA championship in any Division 1 sport.

This discussion is only going to grow louder in years to come.