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Lia Thomas Wins an N.C.A.A. Swimming Title

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ATLANTA — Lia Thomas, the transgender woman whose record-threatening times on the University of Pennsylvania’s swim team made her a star of college athletics and a symbol of the debate over sports and gender identity, won an N.C.A.A.

championship in the 500-yard freestyle on Thursday. Thomas, a fifth-year senior who arrived for the swimming championships in Atlanta as the top seed in the 500 and 200 freestyle races, completed the race in 4 minutes, 33.24 seconds, more than a second ahead of the runner-up.

Thomas’s victory made her the first openly transgender woman to win an N.C.A.A. swimming title, a feat that came nearly three years after the hurdler CeCe Telfer became the first openly transgender person to capture an N.C.A.A.

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