Swimmer who tied NCAA race with Lia Thomas BLASTS Biden for pushing to strip back Title IX

Swimmer who tied NCAA race with Lia Thomas BLASTS Biden for pushing to strip back Title IX


A college swimmer who tied with transgender athlete Lia Thomas in an NCAA race has blasted Joe Biden for proposing to change national sports policies to let trans athletes compete against biological women.

Riley Gaines, a 2022 graduate of the University of Kentucky, tied with Thomas for fifth place in the 200-yard freestyle NCAA championships in March.  

Since then, Gaines has been outspoken in her opposition to Thomas’ presence in women’s races, even condemning the NCAA for nominating her as the Female Athlete of the Year.

She has now revealed that Thomas is ‘attracted to women’ and took out her penis in the women’s locker room to the horror of the other swimmers. 

And in her most recent op-ed for FOX News Digital, Gaines slammed the president for proposing to change the definition of ‘sex’ in a federal civil rights law to include ‘gender’ and ‘gender identity.’

The changes to Title IX, the 1972 law that prohibits sex-based discrimination in any school or any other education program that receives funding from the federal government, would therefore allow transgender female athletes to compete against biological women in sports.

By doing so, Gaines wrote in her essay, biological women would be placed at a disadvantage when competing against transgender women. 

Swimmer who tied NCAA race with Lia Thomas BLASTS Biden for pushing to strip back Title IX

Riley Gaines, a 2022 graduate of the University of Kentucky, slammed President Joe Biden for proposing to change the definition of ‘sex’ in Title IX to include ‘gender’ and ‘gender identity’

Gaines, right, tied with Thomas, left, for fifth place in the 200-yard freestyle NCAA championships in March

Gaines, right, tied with Thomas, left, for fifth place in the 200-yard freestyle NCAA championships in March

Biden’s push to turn women’s rights back 50 years: President plots titanic Title IX tweaks

President Joe Biden has proposed definition changes to the landmark Title IX civil rights law.

The law was enacted as part of the Education Amendments of 1972.

It prohibits sex-based discrimination in any school or any other education program that receives funding from the federal government.

As a result of the law, women’s sports teams developed in schools throughout the country.

Biden is now seeking to change the definition of ‘sex’ in the law to include ‘gender’ and ‘gender identity,’ which would allow transgender students to compete in female sports.

In her essay, Gaines cited studies showing that biological males have, on average, a 10 percent advantage over biological women in terms of strength, agility and stamina.

‘The male body is developed from the womb to be the physically stronger and more athletic of the two sexes… yes, there are only two,’ she wrote.

‘To put real numbers on the female-male deficit in my race, 10 percent of the 102 seconds it takes to swim the race is 10 seconds, which, not coincidentally, is exactly the difference between the men’s and women’s world records in the event.

‘So with effectively a 10 second biological deficit, I tied Thomas to the 100th of a second, which is relatively rare. 

‘Given this, you think that the NCAA would recognize this incredible accomplishment, and at least equally reward us for trying,’ she continued. ‘Yet, instead, they gave Thomas the trophy that day for ‘photo purposes’ and assured me that mine would eventually come in the mail.

‘The University of Pennsylvania and the NCAA then subsequently nominated Thomas for NCAA Women of the Year, the highest accolade for females in all of college athletics.’

She went on to say that she is not bringing all of this back up for sympathy, but rather because ‘President Joe Biden has proposed unlawful rule changes to Title IX,’ which she called ‘regressive.’

Gaines added that the rule change ‘will strip away women’s spaces, safety and opportunities — including legally allowing men who identify as women to participate in and destroy the integrity of women’s sports, as Lia Thomas and numerous other male athletes have done. Enough is enough.

‘It’s time to take back Title IX and stand up and protect our girls and women,’ she concluded. 

‘I was gifted Title IX by those who came before me, and I will fight relentlessly to give it to the young girls who have dreams to win at an elite level like I once did.’ 

In her essay, Gaines said the National Collegiate Athletic Association gave Thomas a trophy for her efforts after they tied for fifth in 200 freestyle finals for "photo purposes"

In her essay, Gaines said the National Collegiate Athletic Association gave Thomas a trophy for her efforts after they tied for fifth in 200 freestyle finals for ‘photo purposes’

Thomas had competed on the University of Pennsylvania's men's swim team for three years before she transitioned as a college senior

Thomas had competed on the University of Pennsylvania’s men’s swim team for three years before she transitioned as a college senior

Gaines also used the opportunity to recount how she was forced to share a locker room with Thomas at the NCAA Championships back in March.

She wrote: ‘At the NCAA Championships, I saw a 6’4’ male exposing male parts in our women’s locker room.

‘To be perfectly clear, the anatomy I and many other women were forced to view, confirms Thomas is a male.’

Gaines said she then asked National Collegiate Athletic Association officials where she could change ‘as I had no intention of undressing in front of a man.

‘They informed me that there were no protections in place for me to change in a  space that Thomas did not have access to.

‘To summarize, the NCAA put the onus on the female to avoid undressing in front of a biological man with biological parts who is sexually attracted to women. Let that sink in.’ 

Gaines appeared on Tucker Carlson Today back in July, accusing the NCAA of a 'huge lack of accountability' in protecting the integrity of women's sports

Gaines appeared on Tucker Carlson Today back in July, accusing the NCAA of a ‘huge lack of accountability’ in protecting the integrity of women’s sports 

This is not the first time Gaines has spoken up about the issue of transgender athletes competing in women’s sports.

In July, she appeared on Tucker Carlson Today accusing the NCAA of a ‘huge lack of accountability’ in protecting the integrity of women’s sports.

She told Carlson on the latest edition of ‘Tucker Carlson Today: ‘That’s not something we were forewarned about, which I don’t think is right in any means, changing in a locker room with someone who has different parts.’

In her interview, Gaines, a native of Gaitlin, Tennessee, said that she first learned of Thomas’ identity in November 2021. 

She told Carlson: ‘All of a sudden, out of nowhere, there’s this article posted that says, ‘Lia Thomas, swimmer at UPenn, posts 1.41 200m freestyle,’ which is a very, very fast time.’

It was then that Gaines found out that for the previous three years, Thomas was competing in the men’s NCAA division. 

Gaines said: ‘I kind of just went about my training because I was like, this is a good thing maybe. But, turns out, two weeks before our national championships, the NCAA announced Lia will be competing with the females, and I was just like, mind blown.’

She added: ‘I think people forget that women’s sports were a protected group. The category was made because the playing field was not level by any means when you have them competing against men.’

When Thomas was nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year in 2022, Gaines tweeted that the nomination is ‘another slap in the face to women’ and that the ‘NCAA has made this award worthless.’ 

‘[T]his is yet another slap in the face to women. First a female national title and now nominated for the pinnacle award in collegiate athletics. The NCAA has made this award worthless,’ Gaines wrote.

She later joined former President Donald Trump at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Dallas, Texas

She later joined former President Donald Trump at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Dallas, Texas

She later joined former President Donald Trump at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Dallas, Texas.

The former president had asked the 23-year-old athlete to join him while he discussed his intent to ban transgender women from competing in women’s sports — and before she took the stage, Gaines took the opportunity to share her thoughts on the issue.

‘Basically, all I want to say is that it takes a brain and common sense and fifth grade biology level understanding to realize that this is blatantly unfair. It’s completely obvious,’ she said.

She briefly reiterated that idea at the podium alongside Trump later that evening, saying ‘I’m just gonna say keep female sports female.’   

THE RULES ON TRANSGENDER ATHLETES AND WHEN THEY CAN COMPETE FOR GENDER THEY ARE SWITCHING TO

Thomas (pictured in 2016) was a swimmer in high school

Thomas (pictured in 2017) was a swimmer in high school

Thomas previously competed on UPenn men’s swim team for three years as Will before transitioning in 2019 (pictured in 2016 and 2017, respectively)

Lia Thomas started taking hormone therapy while she was still competing as a male back in May 2019. 

Under USA Swimming rules, athletes had to have recorded low levels of testosterone for 36 months to compete in the female category. 

That meant that Thomas didn’t qualify for the NCAA championship, if they followed USA Swimming rules – as they originally said they would.  

But the NCAA said that she would be allowed to compete because they were refusing to adopt the threshold in 2021. 

The NCAA committee said: ‘The subcommittee decided implementing additional changes at this time could have unfair and potentially detrimental impacts on schools and student-athletes intending to compete in 2022 NCAA women’s swimming championships.’ 

It is unclear what they will do next year, however.  

 



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