DeSantis declares Florida swimming champion on 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 at the Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships on Thursday — but not in the eyes of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. At a press conference Tuesday, Governor DeSantis announced he would issue a proclamation naming Weyant the winner of the NCAA 500-yard freestyle. “She’s been an absolute superstar all her career, to compete at this level is very difficult. You don’t just have to get out of bed and do it. It takes courage, it takes determination, and she set the fastest time of all women in college athletics. DeSantis said the NCAA was 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 champions,” Lia Thomas made history as the first transgender athlete to win an NCAA Division 1 championship. Believes 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 e of the history of the University of Virginia according to the university. Thomas has been at the center of controversy since transitioning in 2019. She was on the University of Pennsylvania men’s swim prior to this season. Thomas has followed NCAA rules since beginning hormone replacement therapy. Last year, DeSantis signed into law the Women’s Sports Equity Act. The controversial bill prohibits transgender athletes from participating in women’s sports. Athletes with a male designation on their birth certificate are not permitted to play in women’s sports from middle school through college, including intramural sports. “We thought it was very important that girls and young women athletes in Florida State had the ability to work hard, achieve their dreams and compete fairly,” he said Tuesday. Whether it’s swimming, whether it’s athletics, you name it, and it’s something that was very meaningful to a lot of people in Florida, especially people like me who are parents of young girls.

Watch the governor’s full remarks on the subject above

Olympic silver medalist and Sarasota native Emma Weyant finished second to Lia Thomas in the 500-yard freestyle event at the women’s swimming and diving championships on Thursday — but not in the eyes of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

At a press conference Tuesday, Governor DeSantis announced he would issue a proclamation naming Weyant the winner of the NCAA 500-yard freestyle.

“She’s been an absolute superstar all her career, to compete at this level is very difficult. You don’t just get out of bed and do it. It takes courage, it takes determination, and she’s achieved the best time of any woman in collegiate athletics.”

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

“If the NCAA was willing to ensure the integrity of women’s competition, they would have been crowned national champions,” he said. “She deserved it…We have to honor that appropriately.”

Lia Thomas made history as the first transgender athlete to win an NCAA Division 1 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. depending on the university.

Thomas has been at the center of controversy since transitioning in 2019. She was part of the University of Pennsylvania men’s swim prior to this season. Thomas has followed NCAA rules since beginning hormone replacement therapy.

Last year, DeSantis signed into law the Women’s Sports Equity Act. The controversial bill prohibits transgender athletes from participating in women’s sports. Athletes with a male designation on their birth certificate are not permitted to play in women’s sports from middle school through college, including intramural sports.

“We felt it was very important that girls and young women athletes in Florida State have the ability to work hard, achieve their dreams and compete fairly,” he said Tuesday. “Whether it’s swimming, whether it’s athletics, you name it. And that’s something that was very meaningful to a lot of people in Florida, especially people like me who are parents of young girls.

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