DeSantis Declares Runner-Up In Ncaa Women’s Swimming Event Winner Over Lia Thomas


Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said he will issue a proclamation acknowledging the runner-up in a recent NCAA women’s 500-yard freestyle swimming event as the winner instead of transgender athlete Lia Thomas.

“We’re going to be doing a proclamation saying that Emma [Weyant] is the best female swimmer” in the 500-yard freestyle event last week, DeSantis said Tuesday. “She earned that and we need to stop allowing organizations like the NCAA to perpetuate frauds on the public.”

Emma Weyant, an Olympic medalist and Florida native attending the University of Virginia, lost to Thomas by 1.75 seconds in the 500-yard freestyle event last Thursday. She clocked a time of 4:34.99, falling behind Thomas in the final 100 yards of the 500 freestyle event. It was Weyant’s fastest career time, WFLA reported.

Thomas, a University of Pennsylvania swimmer, subsequently became the first transgender woman to win an NCAA swimming championship.

“If you look at what the NCAA has done in allowing basically men to compete in women’s athletics, and in this case swimming … you had the number one wom… (Read more)

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