The Ivy League released a statement in support of Lia Thomas‘ participation on the University of Pennsylvania women’s team in an Instagram post on Thursday.
The conference says it has adopted the same transgender policies as the NCAA, and that Thomas and Penn have worked to ensure they’re abiding by those restrictions in recent years.
Ivy League Statement:
“Over the past several years, Lia and the University of Pennsylvania have worked with the NCAA to follow all of the appropriate protocols in order to comply with the NCAA policy on transgender athlete participation and compete on the Penn women’s swimming and diving team. The Ivy League has adopted and applies the same policy.
“The Ivy League reaffirms its unwavering commitment to providing an inclusive environment for all student-athletes while condemning transphobia and discrimination in any form.
“The league welcomes her participation in the sport of women’s swimming and diving and looks forward to celebrating the success of all of our student-athletes throughout the season.
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Thomas, a trans woman, competed on the University of Pennsylvania men’s team for three seasons before transitioning over a two-year period before beginning to race as a woman in 2021-22.
The NCAA’s transgender policy allows trans women to compete on a women’s team if they’ve completed a minimum of one year of testosterone suppression treatment. Thomas has been undergoing treatment for the last two and a half years.
Thomas currently ranks first in the NCAA in the women’s 200 freestyle (1:41.93) and 500 freestyle (4:34.06), and also ranks sixth in the 1650 free (15:59.71).
The 2022 Ivy League Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships are scheduled for February 16-19 in Cambridge, Mass.