Several members of the University of Pennsylvania women’s swimming team considered boycotting their final home meet of the season in protest of Lia Thomas‘ ability to compete as a woman, according to a report from The Daily Mail.
According to the report, a group of swimmers on the team wanted to make a statement regarding their opposition to the NCAA transgender policy that allows Thomas, a trans woman, to compete in women’s swimming.
“They’ve been ignored by both Penn and the NCAA, and there is a feeling among some of the girls that they should make some sort of statement, seize the opportunity while they have a spotlight on them to make their feelings about the issue known,” a source told The Daily Mail.
The swimmers ultimately decided against a boycott, fearing it would put their place on the roster for the Ivy League Championships—where 17 of the team’s 41 swimmers will compete—at risk.
“Knowing they do not have backing from the school or NCAA, they’re reluctant to jeopardize their opportunity to make the elite Ivy League squad,” the source said.
This particular group of swimmers also don’t want to cause a rift with some of their teammates that do support Thomas’ participation, according to one of The Daily Mail‘s sources.
Penn’s final home meet of the season is scheduled for January 8 against Dartmouth.
The NCAA transgender policy dictates that a trans woman can compete on a women’s team provided they’ve undergone a minimum of one year of testosterone suppression. Thomas has been undergoing treatment for the last two and a half years.