Rep. Boebert Leads GOP Effort to Honor Second-place Swimmer in Lia Thomas Race

Photo Courtesy: Lauren Boebert for Congress

A group of Republican lawmakers led by Rep. Lauren Boebert has introduced a resolution to honor Emma Weyant, who finished in second place to Lia Thomas in an NCAA swimming championship last week.

William “Lia” Thomas towers over real women whom he beat for the NCAA 500 Freestyle Championship in Atlanta, March 17. Photo: Twitter. ]

The Hill reports:

Thomas became the first transgender athlete to win an NCAA Division 1 national championship in any sport earlier this month when she won the 500-yard freestyle race. Weyant, a silver medal recipient at the Tokyo Olympics last year, finished in second place to Thomas.

“Emma Weyant was the fasted woman competing in the 2022 NCAA Division I Women’s 500-Yard Freestyle, but her first-place win was stolen by a mediocre man who couldn’t cut it in men’s swimming,” Boebert said.

“Emma is a world-class student-athlete whose strong performances in the Summer Olympics and 2022 NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championship speak for themselves. These victories, coupled with her leadership of other women on her team and her dedication to excellence are worthy of Congressional recognition. I will keep working to save women’s sports from woke ideology threatening to strip women of a level playing field,” Boebert said.

Recently, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a proclamation declaring Weyant the winner of the race.

“By allowing men to compete in women’s sports, the NCAA is destroying opportunities for women, making a mockery of its championships, and perpetuating a fraud,” Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis wrote on Twitter. “In Florida, we reject these lies and recognize Sarasota’s Emma Weyant as the best women’s swimmer in the 500y freestyle.”


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