Lia Thomas and Iszac Henig, two swimmers who identify as transgender and are competing on women's swim team have easily won big in their respective categories at the Ivy League Swimming Championships.
Thomas won the 500-yard freestyle in 4 minutes, 37.32 seconds. Henig won the 50 freestyle in 21.93 seconds.
Thomas, who previously has been accused of colluding with Henig to throw a race, is a biological male who identifies as transgender and competes on the women's team, while Henig is a biological female who identifies as transgender and also competes on the women's swim team, despite claiming to be male.
Thomas has taken cross-sex hormones as a means of gaining eligibility to compete, while Henig has not taken cross-sex hormones as a way of remaining eligible to compete against women. Henig has had a double mastectomy and races topless.
Thomas and Henig faced off in the leadoff leg of the 800-yard freestyle relay. Thomas beat out Henig, but ultimately Harvard, not Thomas' UPenn or Henig's Yale, took the victory.
USA Swimming recently changed their guidelines, which would have put Thomas' eligibility in jeopardy had the new rules been implemented immediately. The guidelines changed so that biological males who seek to compete on women's teams need to suppress their testosterone levels for 36 months.
Henig has stated that taking cross-sex hormones is not in the cards as Henig wants to remain competing against women instead of trying to qualify for the men's team.
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