The transgender swimmer Lia Thomas, who made headlines after quitting men’s swimming to compete against women, has been replaced as the Ivy League conference’s nominee for Woman of the Year by a biological woman, according to the NCAA.
The Ivy League award went to Columbia University fencer Sylvie Binder.
An NCAA Women’s Foil Champion in 2019, she placed fifth at The Ivy League championships this season, second at the Northeast Regional, and third at the NCAA Championships with an overall record of 17-6. She was also named the 2022 Women’s Connie S. Maniatty Award winner as Columbia’s top senior student-athlete, via Fox News.
Thomas, a former UPenn swimmer for the men’s team, shattered records through her 2021-2022 college swimming season, sparking a heated debate about transgender participation in sports.
“It’s a shame that Penn is still refusing to recognize the intrinsic biological difference that makes women a distinct sex from men,” one former teammate recently told the Washington Examiner.
In January, the recipient of the overall NCAA Woman of the Year award will be revealed.