The NCAA noted that the Woman of the Year award was established in 1991 and “honors the academic achievements, athletics excellence, community service and leadership of graduating female college athletes from all three divisions.”
The NCAA does not define that a person must, in fact, be a biological woman to be chosen for the Woman of the Year award, however, does note that candidates should be qualified “female student-athletes.”
The National Collegiate Athletic Association just states that “to be eligible, a nominee must have competed and earned a varsity letter in an NCAA-sponsored sport and must have earned her undergraduate degree by Summer 2022.”
In 2022, NCAA member schools chose 577 finishing female student-athletes for the NCAA Woman of the Year award.
Schools might choose as many as 2 female student-athletes, however just if “at least one of them is an international student-athlete or student-athlete of color.”
The University of Pennsylvania just chose Thomas for the NCAA Woman of the Year award in the classification of swimming and diving. UPenn nominated another female student-athlete: tennis player Iuliia Bryzgalova.
The candidates are trimmed to 9 prospects, then the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics will pick the NCAA Woman of the Year– who will be called this fall.
Thomas– a biological male– had actually ranked as the 462nd-best male swimmer. After transitioning, Thomas escalated to the No. 1-ranked female college swimmer in the nation while smashing several records along the way.
Physicians have argued that biological male athletes have a biological advantage over female equivalents.
Last month, FINA– the worldwide governing body for swimming competitors – approved new restrictions to prohibit transgender swimmers from completing versus females in elite occasions unless they have actually finished their shift by the age of 12.
Scientists stated in the FINA report, “Biological sex is a key determinant of athletic performance, with males outperforming females in sports (including Aquatics sports) that are primarily determined by neuromuscular, cardiovascular, and respiratory function, and anthropometrics including body and limb size.”
In January, the University of Pennsylvania and the Ivy League broadcast their support of Thomas‘ competing against biological women.
In February, 16 anonymous UPenn swimmers penned a letter to the school and the Ivy League requiring Thomas to be disallowed from competitors– pointing out the clear biological advantage.
In May, Thomas declared that he would keep swimming in spite of the reaction and has ambitions to swim at the Olympic trials.
Earlier this year, USA Today nominated Admiral Rachel Levine as one of the publication’s “Women of the Year.” Levine– who functions as the assistant secretary for health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)– is a biological guy who transitioned.
H/T The Blaze