After days of silence from most feminine athletes on the NCAA Girls’s Swimming Championships, a younger lady whose finals spot was stolen from her by a biologically male swimmer is talking out.
“My identify is Reka Gyorgy from Hungary. I’m a 2016 Rio Olympian, represented Virginia Tech for the previous 5 years, a 2 time ACC champion, 2 time All-American and three time honorable point out All-American,” wrote Virginia Tech swimmer Reka Gyorgy in a letter to the NCAA that she posted on Instagram.
“With all due respect, I wish to handle one thing that could be a downside in our sport proper now and hurting athletes, particularly swimmers,” wrote Gyorgy. “Everybody has heard and identified about transgender [swimmer], Lia Thomas, and her case together with all the problems and considerations that her state of affairs introduced into our sport.”
Gyorgy wrote that she respects and absolutely stands with Thomas and is satisfied that Thomas is “no totally different” than Gyorgy herself or another Division 1 swimmer who has labored laborious their whole swimming profession.
“She is doing what she is obsessed with and deserves that proper,” wrote Gyorgy. “However, I wish to critique the NCAA guidelines that enable her to compete towards us, who’re biologically girls.”
“I’m scripting this letter proper now in hopes that the NCAA will open their eyes and alter these guidelines sooner or later. It doesn’t promote our sport in a great way and I believe it’s disrespectful towards the biologically feminine swimmers who’re competing within the NCAA.”
Gyorgy stated that she swam the five hundred free on the NCAA’s on Thursday the place she positioned seventeenth — that means that she didn’t make it again to the finals and was a primary alternate.
“I’m a fifth yr senior, I’ve been prime 16 and prime 8 earlier than and I understand how a lot of a privilege it’s to make finals at a meet this large,” she stated. “That is my final school meet ever and I really feel annoyed. It appears like that closing spot was taken away from me due to the NCAA’s choice to let somebody who just isn’t a organic feminine compete.”
“I do know you would say I had the chance to swim quicker and make the highest 16, however this example makes it a bit totally different and I can’t assist however be offended or unhappy. It hurts me, my ear and different girls within the pool. One spot was taken away from the lady who received ninth within the 500 free and didn’t make it again to the A closing stopping her from being an All-American. Each occasion that transgender athletes competed in was one spot taken away from organic females all through the meet.”
Gyorgy wrote that the “NCAA knew what was coming this previous week. They knew opinions and minds will likely be divided and selected to do nothing.”
“This week has been extra about reporters, media and division in our sport than issues like two girls going below 21 seconds within the 50 freestyle, 3 girls going below 50 seconds within the 100 butterfly and the primary lady IN HISTORY to go below 48 seconds within the 100 backstroke,” she added.
“Thursday was not a particular athlete’s fault. It’s the results of the NCAA and their lack of curiosity in defending their athletes,” she continued.
“I ask that the NCAA takes time to consider all the opposite organic girls in swimming, attempt to suppose how they might really feel if they might be in our sneakers,” she stated. “Make the precise adjustments for our sport and for a greater future in swimming.”
The NCAA didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark from The Each day Wire.
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