DeSantis declares Florida swimmer champ over transgender athlete

Watch the governor’s full remarks on the subject above Sarasota-native and Olympic silver medalist Emma Weyant finished second to Lia Thomas in the 500-yard freestyle event the Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships on Thursday — but not in the eyes of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. At a news conference Tuesday, Gov. DeSantis announced he would issue a proclamation making Weyant the winner of the NCAA 500-yard freestyle.”She’s been an absolute superstar her whole career, to compete at that level is very difficult. You don’t just roll out of bed and do it . That takes grit, that takes determination, and she had the fastest time of any woman in college athletics.” DeSantis said the NCAA is trying to “destroy women’s athletics.” “If the NCAA was willing to ensure the integrity of women’s competition, she would have been crowned national champion,” he said. “She earned that…We need to honor that appropriately.”Lia Thomas made history as the first transgender athlete to win an NCAA Division One championship. DeSantis believes that transgender women should not be allowed to compete in women’s sports. Thomas beat Weyant by 1.75 seconds in the 500-yard freestyle event. It was Weyant’s fastest career time and the third-fastest time in University of Virginia history according to the university. Thomas has been at the center of controversy since her transition in 2019. She was on the University of Pennsylvania men’s swimming prior to this season. Thomas has followed the NCAA rules since starting hormone replacement therapy. Last year, DeSantis signed the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act into law. The controversial bill banned transgender athletes from participating in women’s sports. Athletes with a male designation on the their birth certificate are not allowed to play in women’s sports from middle school all the way up to the college level, including intramural sports.“We thought it was very important that girls and young women athletes in the state of Florida had the ability to work hard, to realize their dreams and to compete fairly,” he said on Tuesday. “Whether it’s in swimming, whether it’s in track and field, you name it. And that’s something that was very meaningful to a lot of people in Florida, particular people like me that are parents of young girls.”

Watch the governor’s full remarks on the subject above

Sarasota-native and Olympic silver medalist Emma Weyant finished second to Lia Thomas in the 500-yard freestyle event the Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships on Thursday — but not in the eyes of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.

At a news conference Tuesday, Gov. DeSantis announced he would issue a proclamation making Weyant the winner of the NCAA 500-yard freestyle.

“She’s been an absolute superstar her whole career, to compete at that level is very difficult. You don’t just roll out of bed and do it. That takes grit, that takes determination, and she had the fastest time of any woman in college athletics.”

DeSantis said the NCAA is trying to “destroy women’s athletics.”

“If the NCAA was willing to ensure the integrity of women’s competition, she would have been crowned national champion,” he said. “She earned that…We need to honor that appropriately.”

Lia Thomas made history as the first transgender athlete to win an NCAA Division One championship. DeSantis believes that transgender women should not be allowed to compete in women’s sports.

Thomas beat Weyant by 1.75 seconds in the 500-yard freestyle event. It was Weyant’s fastest career time and the third-fastest time in University of Virginia history according to the university.

Thomas has been at the center of controversy since her transition in 2019. She was on the University of Pennsylvania men’s swimming prior to this season. Thomas has followed the NCAA rules since starting hormone replacement therapy.

Last year, DeSantis signed the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act into law. The controversial bill banned transgender athletes from participating in women’s sports. Athletes with a male designation on the their birth certificate are not allowed to play in women’s sports from middle school all the way up to the college level, including intramural sports.

“We thought it was very important that girls and young women athletes in the state of Florida had the ability to work hard, to realize their dreams and to compete fairly,” he said on Tuesday. “Whether it’s in swimming, whether it’s in track and field, you name it. And that’s something that was very meaningful to a lot of people in Florida, particular people like me that are parents of young girls.”

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