Lia Thomas: Transition Wasn't to Gain Competitive Edge

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At the NCAA swimming and diving championships in March, University of Pennsylvania swimmer Lia Thomas declined all interview requests despite the swarm of media attention surrounding her becoming the first transgender athlete to win a national title.

Thomas, who swam for Penn men's team for three years before transitioning during a gap year and joining the women's team as a senior, won  the women's 500 freestyle and placed fifth and eighth, respectively, in the 200 and 100 freestyle.

Related: DeSantis Issues Proclamation Rejecting Thomas' Win

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