Lauren Boebert declares Emma Weyant a “legitimate winner” in Race Against Trans Swimmer

Colorado Congresswoman Lauren Boebert (right) drafted a resolution declaring runner-up Emma Weyant the ‘rightful winner’ of the NCAA women’s 500-meter freestyle, instead of transgender swimmer Lia Thomas.

In March, Weyant, a University of Virginia swimmer and Olympic silver medalist, finished second to Thomas at the NCAA championships.

Transgender swimmer Lia Thomas (Kathryn Riley/Getty Images)

Weyant’s resolution, endorsed by 21 other House Republicans, officially recognizes Weyant as the true winner because she was the first woman to finish the race.

“It’s the women’s race, and a man took Emma’s first-place title the wrong way,” Boebert told Fox News Digital. “When it comes to competitive sports, biology should really triumph (over) ideology.”

Weyant added, “I truly believe in giving honor where honor is due and Emma is absolutely worthy of honor.”

Thomas, a male, competed on the University of Pennsylvania men’s swim team for his first three years at school before deciding to identify as female in his senior season. During his time on the men’s team, Thomas, known as Will at the time, compiled an utterly poor record which ranked him between 450th and 462nd nationally.

A fact that did not escape Boebert.

“Mediocre male athletes who want first place instead of 450 should just try harder and not pretend to be something they’re not,” Boebert said.

Thomas underwent NCAA-mandated hormone therapy so transgender athletes could compete. However, as its successes in the female category have shown and scientific research has proven, hormone therapy does nothing to blunt the male benefits in terms of muscle mass, bone size and density or heart capacity and pulmonary.

The resolution recognizes Weyant for his Olympic accomplishments, his incredible success with the University of Virginia swim team and his four high school All-American titles.

Boebert’s resolution declares Weyant a “role model for girls across the country.”

Emma Weyant

University of Virginia swimmer Emma Weyant (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

“Emma Weyant was the fastest woman to compete in the 2022 NCAA Division I women’s 500-meter freestyle, but her top spot was stolen by a mediocre man who couldn’t make it in men’s swimming. “, Boebert said in a press release. “Emma is a world-class student-athlete whose strong performances at the Summer Olympics and the 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 continue to work to save women’s sports from the woke ideology threatening to deny women a level playing field.

The resolution follows a proclamation from Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) last week, who also declared Weyant – a Florida native – the actual winner of the race.

Boebert’s measure is not expected to pass the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives.


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