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Lia Thomas — a biologically male swimmer who identifies as female — favored to win two NCAA women's championship events this week

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Lia Thomas — a biological male who identifies as female — is favored to win a pair of women's swimming events at the NCAA Championships this week.

What are the details?

The transgender University of Pennsylvania athlete has been at the center of controversy for the last several months in regard to biologically male athletes who identify as females competing against biological women.

Thomas, 22, set several records at the Ivy League Championships last month with victories in the 100, 200, and 500-yard freestyle women's events, Fox News said. In fact, Thomas finished a whopping seven seconds ahead of the second-place swimmer in the 500 freestyle:

Thomas also is favored to win the 200 women's freestyle at the NCAAs, Fox News said, adding that Thomas also may upset in the 100 freestyle as the the 10th-seeded swimmer.

The NCAA updated its transgender policy in January, deferring to guidance in each sport’s governing body, Fox News said. USA Swimming updated its policy shortly after requiring transgender athletes competing at an elite level to show testosterone levels equating to half of what Thomas was allowed to compete with for at least 36 months before being eligible, the cable network added. However, the NCAA decided weeks later that it wouldn’t alter its testosterone guidance, stating that "implementing additional changes at this time could have unfair and potentially detrimental impacts on schools and student-athletes intending to compete in 2022 NCAA women's swimming championships," Fox News said.

A mixture of outrage and support has followed Thomas ever since the swimmer began making headlines several months ago:

Anything else?

The women's NCAA swimming championship events begin Wednesday. Here's the schedule for individual events in which Thomas is competing:

  • 500-yard freestyle (preliminary, 10 a.m. Thursday; finals 6 p.m. Thursday)
  • 200-yard freestyle (preliminary, 10 a.m. Friday; finals 6 p.m. Friday)
  • 100-yard freestyle (preliminary, 10 a.m. Saturday; finals 6 p.m. Saturday)
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