Correction: A previous version of this article included a tweet posted by an account that appeared to be operated by Gyorgy. The tweet called for the boycott of future swim competitions over Gyorgy's place in the 500-yard freestyle being "stolen" from her by Thomas. The account in question has been suspended by Twitter and may indeed be a fake. All references to the Twitter account have been removed from the article.
Virginia Tech University swimmer Reka Gyorgy criticized the NCAA over the weekend, claiming her spot in the finals at the NCAA championships was "taken away" from her by "biological male" University of Pennsylvania swimmer Lia Thomas.
What's the background?
Gyorgy — a decorated college athlete from Hungary who competed in the 2016 Olympics — was left on the outside looking in at the NCAA championships last week.
Her 17th-place finish in the 500-yard freestyle pushed her one spot out of finals contention for the race, which controversial transgender swimmer Lia Thomas would go on to win, posting the fastest time recorded all season.
It was Gyorgy's last chance to compete in the race in her collegiate career, and she reportedly posted one of her fastest personal times all season. But it wasn't enough.
Thomas, who has raised the ire of women's sports supporters all season, was booed at the podium celebration.
What are the details?
In a strongly-worded letter to the NCAA this week, Gyorgy let the organization have it over its transgender policies, SwimSwam reported.
The two-time ACC Champion and two-time NCAA All-American urged the organization to address the problem of biological males competing in female sports, which she said is "hurting athletes, especially female swimmers."
"I’m writing this letter right now in hopes that the NCAA will open their eyes and change these rules in the future. It doesn’t promote our sport in a good way and I think it is disrespectful against the biologically female swimmers who are competing in the NCAA," she said.
"This is my last college meet ever and I feel frustrated," she continued, hearkening back to her failure to qualify for finals on Thursday. "It feels like that final spot was taken away from me because of the NCAA’s decision to let someone who is not a biological female compete. I know you could say I had the opportunity to swim faster and make the top 16, but this situation makes it a bit different and I can’t help but be angry or sad. It hurts me, my team, and other women in the pool."
Gyorgy added that she wasn't the only female swimmer who had a finals spot stolen by Thomas.
"One spot was taken away from the girl who got 9th in the 500 free and didn’t make it back to the A final preventing her from being an All-American. Every event that transgender athletes competed in was one spot taken away from biological females throughout the meet," she claimed.
She added: "The NCAA knew what was coming this past week. They knew opinions and minds will be divided and chose to do nothing."
Daily Wire reporter Mary Margaret Olohan posted the letter in full on her Twitter account and also linked to a clip of a teammate of Gyorgy's apparently describing her emotions after failing to qualify.
Gyorgy was described as being in tears after placing 17th in the race.
Editor's Note: A previous version of this article erroneously listed Thomas as a swimmer for Penn State University, not the University of Pennsylvania.