Editor Of ‘Swimming World’ Says UPenn Trans Athlete’s Advantage On Women’s Team Is ‘Same Effect’ As Doping

Written by K. Walker on December 20, 2021

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Women’s sport was created for a reason — men and women are different. Trans advocates, however, refuse to acknowledge that.

The decision to allow Lia Thomas on the University of Pennsylvania’s women’s swim team has sparked a lot of debate about the future of women’s sport.

Thomas competed quite successfully for three years on the UPenn men’s swim team before transitioning and joining the team after just one year of testosterone suppressants.

In an op-ed published on Sunday, John Lohn, the Editor-in-Chief of “Swimming World”, argues that one year of suppressing testosterone doesn’t mitigate the advantage of going through puberty as a male.

Lohn says that the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) rule that hormone blockers must be used for one year before an athlete can compete as a woman is “not nearly stringent enough to create a level playing field” between Thomas and the female competitors.

He wrote, “In this current piece, there is a need to look at Thomas’ athletic skill set in comparison to the advantages doping has provided certain athletes.”

[Lohn] argued her male-puberty advantages – including muscle building and other benefits stemming from testosterone naturally being produced in her body for nearly 20 years – do not disappear with a year’s worth of suppressants and instead afford her similar benefits that women who take steroids would have.

‘Despite the hormone suppressants [Thompson] has taken, in accordance with NCAA guidelines, Thomas’ male-puberty advantage has not been rolled back an adequate amount,’ Lohn penned. ‘Consequently, Thomas dives into the water with an inherent advantage over those on the surrounding blocks.’
Source: Daily Mail

Lohn wrote about how swimmers that used performance-enhancing substances in the 1970s and 80s reaped the rewards from their doping, while other women were deprived of the titles, accolades, and medals that they rightly deserved.

From a mental perspective, doping-fueled athletes also possessed an upper hand. For clean athletes, the knowledge they were headed into a race already playing catchup was a blow to the system. Questions lingered before the starting beep. How can I keep up? Is there anything I can do to negate their advantage? Why has this setting been allowed?

Meanwhile, officials of the past turned a blind eye to the situation. Although positive tests were not typically returned, it didn’t take a genius to recognize that doping was at play. Administrators and referees swallowed their words, afraid of being branded for taking an accusatory stance. The NCAA, it can be argued, has taken that same approach via its lax requirements related to transgender females.

Let’s get this out of the way, because some readers will argue we are calling Lia Thomas a doper – regardless of the information presented and the selected verbiage. That is not the case. There is no intent. What we are stating is this: The effects of being born a biological male, as they relate to the sport of swimming, offer Thomas a clear-cut edge over the biological females against whom she is competing. She is stronger. It is that simple. And this strength is beneficial to her stroke, on turns and to her endurance. Doping has the same effect.

Thomas enjoys similar advantages.

He’s not wrong.

Fox Sports reports that Thomas’s teammates are discouraged because they know they cannot compete against someone who went through puberty as a male, and Thomas is bragging to teammates about how easy it is to win.

“They feel so discouraged because no matter how much work they put in it, they’re going to lose. Usually, they can get behind the blocks and know they out-trained all their competitors and they’re going to win and give it all they’ve got,” she said.

“Now they’re having to go behind the blocks knowing no matter what, they do not have the chance to win. I think that it’s really getting to everyone.”

She said that those in the stands watching the most recent meet didn’t even cheer for Thomas – who allegedly bragged after dominating her 200m freestyle.

“That was so easy, I was cruising,” she supposedly said.
Source: Fox Sports

The difference is stark when you watch a race. Thomas handily won the 1,650-yard freestyle on December 4, 2021, finishing 38 seconds ahead of teammate Anna Sofia Kalandaze.

This isn’t just someone with a slight advantage — this is a severe handicap for biological women competing in their own sport.

A trans athlete is poised to clean up in the NCAA and set records that biological women wouldn’t be able to break.

Last spring, Virginia’s Paige Madden, who represented Team USA at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, won the NCAA title in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:33.61. Thomas owns a best time of sub-4:20 and recently went 4:34 during a midseason invitational. Even if Thomas does not get near her best time, she seems likely to go faster later in this season and easily win the NCAA title in the 500 free. How is that scenario – in the slightest way – considered legitimate?
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Lohn ends the piece by noting that parents and Thomas’s own teammates are coming forward to speak out against the unfairness — but they’re choosing to do so anonymously.

Through anonymous means, due to fear of retribution, members of the Penn women’s team and their parents have spoken out against the participation of Thomas in women’s competition. Good for them. Good for speaking out against an injustice. Now, the NCAA needs to act, and it needs to act quickly. This scenario – with the effects of doping – cannot linger. For the good of the sport, and for fairness to those competing as biological women, a ruling must come down soon.

If it doesn’t, the NCAA just doesn’t care.
Source: Swimming World

It’s pretty clear that allowing male-to-female transgender athletes to compete with women is a huge problem.

But then, so is allowing female-to-male athletes to compete with people of the same biological gender.

It’s pretty clear that something needs to be done.

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If sports organizations like the NCAA and the Olympics don’t do something now, women’s sport will be dominated by transgender athletes in a few short years.

Where are the feminists on this?! Why are they so often remaining silent?

It’s because they’ve seen the backlash that J.K. Rowling and others face when coming against the trans activists.

Rowling even faces backlash from the people that owe her gratitude for their entire career.

It seems like common sense to have females compete against females, but the new gender nonsense calls that “bigotry.” They’d rather have women not win competitions rather than be called “transphobic.”

ClashDaily's Associate Editor since August 2016. Self-described political junkie, anti-Third Wave Feminist, and a nightmare to the 'intersectional' crowd. Mrs. Walker has taken a stand against 'white privilege' education in public schools. She's also an amateur Playwright, former Drama teacher, and staunch defender of the Oxford comma. Follow her humble musings on Twitter: @TheMrsKnowItAll and on Gettr @KarenWalker