UPenn swimmer claims trans teammate Lia Thomas colluded with trans Yale swimmer to lose

"I know they're friends and I know they were talking before the meet. I think she let her win to prove the point that, 'Oh see, a female-to-male beat me.'"

Hannah Nightingale Washington DC

Following the University of Pennsylvania home tri-meet with Yale and Dartmouth earlier this month, a fellow UPenn swimmer is claiming that transgender teammate Lia Thomas colluded with Yale transgender swimmer Iszac Henig to lose against Henig in a 100 freestyle race.

Speaking with Outkick, the teammate, who was granted anonymity "due to what is viewed as threats from the university, activists, and the current political climate," believes that Thomas and Henig created the plan to show that Thomas can lose to a biological female.

"Looking at [Lia's] time, I don't think she was trying," the Penn swimmer alleges. "I know they're friends and I know they were talking before the meet. I think she let her win to prove the point that, 'Oh see, a female-to-male beat me.'"

When questioned if she thought there was collusion between the two trans swimmers, the teammate said "I do. I can't say for sure, but I wouldn't be shocked if I found out that was 100 percent true."

In the 100 freestyle race, Henig finished in first a time of 49.57, while Thomas finished in sixth with a time of 52.84. During a November tri-meet with Princeton and Cornell, Thomas swam that same race in 49.42.

Henig is a transgender swimmer for Yale, who is transitioning from female to male but decided to forgo hormone treatment to be able to continue competing in the sport. Henig has been a member of the Yale team for three years.

"As a student athlete, coming out as a trans guy put me in a weird position. I could start hormones to align more with myself, or wait, transition socially, and keep competing on a women's swim team. I decided on the latter," Henig wrote in an opinion piece published in The New York Times in July.

The anonymous Penn swimmer is also accusing Thomas of not trying during the 200 freestyle race, which Thomas won by just 2 seconds, with a time of 1:48:73.

"I was on deck and said to a friend, 'She's literally not trying.' You could just tell," OutKick's source said. "It was blatantly obvious. I was watching the 200 free and she was literally keeping pace with the other girls."

"She was No. 1 in the country at one point. These are definitely talented swimmers, but they're not the caliber of being at the top in the country or anything like that."

The anonymous teammate also noted that the team may not have been at peak performance after traveling to Florida for training after the holidays, but stated that it shouldn't have made such a noticeable difference in Thomas' performance.

"You can tell when someone is dying and they're swimming slow," the swimmer added. "You can also tell when someone is not trying and I could see [in the 200 freestyle] that Lia was not trying."

The anonymous teammate told Outkick that the trip to Florida for training was accompanied by two security guards, who were described as likely being ex-SWAT.

The team also received special instructions to avoid wearing or cover their gear bearing the UPenn logo to avoid confrontation with those that have been following the Thomas story.

Thomas was reportedly the only person that ignored the school's advisory.

"It was crazy. People were wearing shirts with Duct Tape on them and had bags duct-taped while Lia was wearing gear with big letters," the teammate told OutKick.


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