Penn and Lia Thomas place 3rd at Ivy League Championships


Lia Thomas and the Penn Quakers got their first taste of the Ivy League Swimming and Diving Championships on Wednesday night.

Although there were no individual races overnight, Thomas was part of the team’s 800-yard freestyle relay with Margot Kaczorowski, Anna Sofia Kalandadze and Bridget O’Leary.

Thomas, a senior, swam the first leg of the relay and had a little challenge from Yale’s Iszac Henig, who is transitioning from female to male. Thomas swam behind Henig for much of the first leg before Penn’s next swimmer jumped into the water.

Thomas was barely in first place after the first leg, finishing with a 1:44.50 while Henig had a 1:44.65.

In game three, Harvard took the lead after coming back against Penn in the rematch. At the start of the final leg, Harvard and Yale were No. 1 and 2, with Penn dropping to third place.

Harvard would retain the lead, with Yale finishing in second place and Penn in third.

At the awards ceremony, fans could be heard cheering for the Quakers as the team was announced for third place. Thomas and his teammates posed for photos while on the medal stand.

Penn finished fifth in the 200-yard medley. Princeton won this event.

The Ivy League Championships will be held Wednesday through Saturday. Harvard leads the overall standings with Princeton, Yale, Penn and Brown rounding out the top five.

Lia Thomas swims during the first leg of the 800-yard freestyle relay at the Ivy League Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships at Harvard on February 16, 2022.
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Lia Thomas (right) and Iszac Henig compete in the first leg of the 800-yard freestyle relay event at the Ivy League Women's Swimming and Diving Championships at Harvard on February 16, 2022.
Lia Thomas (right) and Iszac Henig compete in the first leg of the 800-yard freestyle relay event at the Ivy League Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships at Harvard on February 16, 2022.
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Thomas, who was drawn into the national spotlight due to the debate over whether transgender female athletes should be able to compete against biological women in sporting events. She was given the green light to compete in the conference championships in the days leading up to it.

She is expected to compete in several individual events during the week, including the 200 free, 500 free, 1,000 free and 1,650 free.

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