Lia Thomas Loses Bid for NCAA “Woman of the Year” Award

Transgender swimmer Lia Thomas will not be 2022 NCAA Woman of the year despite being nominated by  the University of Pennsylvania.

NRO reports:

The NCAA announced its conference selections on Monday, with Columbia University fencer Sylvie Binder being selected to advance to the next round as the Ivy League conference winner.

The University of Pennsylvania previously drew backlash after nominating Thomas for the award. Eligible schools could nominate up to two female athletes. There were 577 nominees for this year’s award.

Binder, who was one of eight athletes nominated from The Ivy League conference, was an NCAA Women’s Foil Champion in 2019, according to Fox News. She placed third at the NCAA Championships this season with an overall record of 17-6 and was received the 2022 Women’s Connie S. Maniatty Award as Columbia’s top senior student-athlete, the outlet reported.

Meanwhile, Thomas ruffled feathers last season as the swimmer set pool, school, and Ivy League records. Thomas competed for three years on the men’s team and was ranked 462 as a male swimmer, but shot up to number one after being allowed to join the women’s team last season.