GOP Lawmakers Introduce Measure Honoring Second-Place Swimmer in Lia Thomas Race

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  • 03/02/2023

Rep. Lauren Boebert introduced a bill, co-sponsored by 20 of her Republican colleagues, to honor second-place swimmer Emma Weyant in the NCAA championship race last week. 

As many know, Lia Thomas became the first transgender athlete to win an NCAA Division I national championship earlier this month when she won the 500-yard freestyle race. 

Weyant finished in second place. 

To no surprise, Thomas’ win faced heated controversy. 

“Emma Weyant was the fastest woman competing in the 2022 NCAA Division I Women’s 500-Yard Freestyle, but her first-place win was stolen by a mediocre man who couldn’t cut it in men’s swimming,” Boebert said, per The Hill. 

“Emma is a world-class student-athlete whose strong performances in the Summer Olympics and 2022 NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championship speak for themselves. These victories, coupled with her leadership of other women on her team and her dedication to excellence are worthy of Congressional recognition. I will keep working to save women’s sports from woke ideology threatening to strip women of a level playing field,” she continued. 

Indeed, twenty Republican lawmakers co-sponsored the resolution, including Reps. Mary Miller, Vicky Hartzler, Bryan Donalds, Jeff Duncan and Diana Harshbarger. 

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