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Men in Women's Sports Part 1: Lia Thomas

Updated: Nov 20, 2022

This is the first of what is going to be a 3-part article. In part 1 I'm going to give you the full Lia Thomas story. Here is an episode of The Boiling Point Podcast I did on the subject.

The Media has not given us the full story about what happened regarding Lia Thomas. The reason I know this is because I had to go to 3 different sites and read 3 different stories to figure out exactly what was going on. So, if anyone you know is wondering what the full story is, refer them to this article.

Lia Thomas is a Trans-woman, meaning he wanted to change sex from male to female. He began transitioning in May of 2019 and competed on the men’s team in the ‘19-’20 season. He then took off for the '20 - ‘21 season so he could remain eligible, the season was cancelled due to the pandemic. He then swam for the female team during the ‘21 - ‘22 season.

Below shows the drop in his times after transitioning, but as I will show later the times between men and women are stunning.

Now I’m going to show you times from 100-meter, 500 meter, and 1000. I will show you where the fastest female swimmer ranks among the men. These stats are available here - Men - Women. I will be using the stats from the 2021 season for this comparison. (Spoiler: Lia Thomas is the fastest in the 500m.)

As you can see in the 100m; the fastest female Rebecca Ssengonzi with a time of 44.24 that year is ranked 1,304 out of 2,997 men. I should also point out that only 2 women have times that even rank with the men. Gretchen Walsh who is ranked 3rd with a time of 46.05 is still .84 seconds slower than Thomas Shepanzyk who sits last with the slowest time in the 100m.

In the 500m Lia Thomas’ time of 4:33:24 ranks 2,364 among the men. Similar to the 100m, there were only 3 women swimmers that ranked among the men. In the 1000-meter there are 91 women that ranked higher than last, but even the fastest women only ranks 761 among the men.

Check out The Boiling Point Podcast, where I talk about this topic in more detail and compare Katie Ledecky’s times against her male competitors.

If the above evidence doesn’t sway you to the fact that men shouldn’t compete against women, stay tuned for part 2.

To finish this article off, we turn back to Lia Thomas. Being a male competing against females doesn’t end his story. Now we’re going to talk about UPENN and the coaches potentially suppressing opinions of swimmers with threats of being kicked off the team, and Lia Thomas himself being accused of “shaving his time” or “coasting” in swim meets.