won the women's Division I national championship in the 500-yard freestyle. After this weekend's event at the NCAA swimming championships, she ended her collegiate swimming career.On Sunday, Reka Gyorgy wrote an open letter about Thomas's participation.
Gyorgy, a 2016 Rio Olympian and a swimmer on Virginia Tech's team, wrote to NCAA to address her inclusion. "I'd like to point out that I respect and fully stand with Lia Thomas; I am convinced that she is no different than me or any other D1 swimmer who has woken up at 5am her entire life for morning practice," she wrote."On the other hand, I would like to critique the NCAA rules that her allow her to compete against us, who are biologically women." In Gyorgy's letter, she points out that she is in her final year and her position of 17th place meant that she did not make it into the finals."I know you could say I had the opportunity to swim faster and make the top 16, but this situation makes it a bit different and I can't help but be angry or sad," she wrote. "It hurts me, my team and other women in the pool."Not long after, a Twitter account claiming to be Gyorgy with over 17,000 followers tweeted about the incident."My finals spot was stolen by Lia Thomas, who is a biological male," it wrote under the handle @RekaGyorgy_. "Until we all refuse to compete nothing will change.
Thanks for all the support retweets and follows I won't stop fighting."The tweet racked up at least 170,000 likes and 42,900 retweets.
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