“Forced into a Race Against a Man” – Swimmer Riley Gaines beats transgender swimmer Lia Thomas » FirstSportz

Lia Thomas and Riley Gaines
Lia Thomas and Riley Gaines

Recently, during a Tuesday interview with Fox News, Riley Gainesa swimmer who competed against Lia Thomas at the NCAA swimming championships, the swimmer criticized. “I want something like that to be forced on us, so not only were we forced to compete against a man, we were also forced to change in the dressing room with one, and so it’s just that feeling that happens?” said University of Kentucky swimmer Riley Gaines.

Thomas was widely criticized for participating in the NCAA Finals when the biological male won the women’s 500-yard final. In a February letter to the NCAA, sixteen of Thomas’ teammates requested that Thomas be disqualified from competing. “Of course I know how I felt and I knew how my teammates felt, but no one really wanted to talk about it.” Gaines to Fox News. “And so that was the first day, and then that night we watched Lia Thomas win a national title and blow all the other women out of the water completely. And the next day we came back and the mood had shifted to where the people were angry, the girls, you know, there were tears.”

In first place, Thomas swam in 4:33.24 seconds, according to results published on swimmeetresults.tech. The three runners-up swam 4:34.99, 4:35.92, and 4:36.18. Gaines placed fifth at the NCAA championships in the 200-meter freestyle with Thomas.

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“Changing in the same dressing room”: Riley Gaines comments on Lia Thomas

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Gaines also spoke about the discomfort in the dressing room. Riley Gaines said she felt uncomfortable changing in the same locker room as transgender swimmer Lia Thomas. “That’s something we weren’t warned about, which I don’t think is right in any way, to change in a dressing room with someone who has different parts. This is another slap in the face for women.” Gaines said.

Carlson first spoke to Gaines about Thomas’ involvement in women’s swimming in April. Gaines claimed at the time that forcing her to compete against Thomas was unfair and that most other female athletes she knew felt the same way. Gaines claimed she and her teammates were confident the NCAA would not allow Thomas to compete in the women’s national championships with unfair physical advantages, such as height, muscle mass, and heart and lung size, after learning that Thomas had competed for the previous in joined the men’s division three seasons before making the transition to a woman.

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