Virginia Tech Swimmer Reka Gyorgy Criticizes NCAA Transgender Policies

Virginia Tech Swimmer Reka Gyorgy Criticizes NCAA Transgender Policies
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Tim Thomas

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TLP: Editor
Mar 20, 2022

Virginia Tech swimmer and former Olympian Reka Gyorgy just missed out on the 500 freestyle finals at the recent NCAA Championships coming in 17th one spot out. This was the same event where Pennsylvania transgender swimmer Lia Thomas controversially was allowed to swim on Thomas' way to winning the event.

Earlier today, Gyorgy released a statement criticizing the NCAA and their transgender policies that prevented her from having a chance to compete in the B final.

Gyorgy has plenty of poignant comments with all her criticism directed at the NCAA including this most poignant quote.

"Every event that transgender athletes participated in was one spot taken away from biological females throughout the meet."

Gyorgy was purely focused at the NCAA who allowed Lia Thomas to compete based purely on a couple testing numbers. Gyorgy is far from the only person who has criticized the NCAA and other organizations that have allowed Thomas to compete against biological women.

She also called on the NCAA to change rules in the future saying that it doesn't "promote the sport" and that it is "disrespectful against the biologically female swimmers who are competing in the NCAA."

Those arguments from Reka Gyorgy are impossible to argue against in my view. The fact is that Lia Thomas is a biological male competing against biological females. There's a reason why we have men's sports and women's sports, for the sake of ensuring opportunity for men and women given the physical biological advantages that men have over women.

That is part of why Title IX was written into law in America in the first place to ensure that women would have equal opportunities and equal resources as men do in sports especially across America's collegiate institution. For the NCAA to violate that principle in having someone who is biologically male compete against biologically female is no good for anyone involved and beneath the intended ideals of the NCAA, ones that they fail to meet more often than not but are good ideals that should be met.

If these biological realities weren't true, then Thomas would not go from ranking well away from the NCAA top 16 on the men's side to the best swimmer in the country on the women's side in multiple freestyle events.

But that's the truth that is rooted in biology and proven by the facts. To continue to deny that is unacceptable and disrespectful to the biologically female athletes who deserve fair competition, something that did not happen in the freestyle events at the 2022 NCAA Women's Swimming Championships.

Because of the NCAA's wrong, Reka Gyorgy didn't get the chance to compete in the finals even if her chances of winning may have been small, UVA's Olympian Emma Weyant won't get to say that she's the official NCAA Women's 500 freestyle champion even though she was the fastest biological female, and more.

The NCAA has done many numerous wrongs but this is the latest (and one of the worst) that has hurt every person who competed on an unfair playing field this past week. Good on Reka Gyorgy calling out the NCAA for ignoring the biological, physical facts and asking the NCAA to change for the sake of equal, fair opportunities in sports.