Ron DeSantis recognizes Emma Weyant as winner of NCAA swimming championship, not biological male Lia Thomas

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On Tuesday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis slammed the NCAA for allowing biological male swimmer Lia Thomas to compete against women, and proclaimed that the second place finisher, Sarasota Olympian Emma Weyant, was the true winner of the 500 yard freestyle race.

“If you look at what the NCAA has done, by allowing basically men to compete in women’s athletics. In this case, the swimming you had, the number one woman who finished was from Sarasota. She won the silver medal. She’s been an absolute superstar, her whole career. She trains, I mean, to compete at that level is very, very difficult. And you don’t just roll out of bed and do it. That takes grit, that takes determination. And she’s been an absolute superstar and she had the fastest time, of any woman in college athletics,” DeSantis said.

“Now the NCAA is basically taking efforts to destroy women’s athletics. They’re trying to undermine the integrity of the competition and they’re crowning somebody else, the woman’s champion and we think that’s wrong. And so this is a Floridian who I think deserves to be recognized,” he added.

DeSantis continued on to proclaim that Emma Weyant is the best female swimmer in the 500 freestyle, and slam the NCAA for allowing Lia Thomas to compete.

“We’re doing a proclamation, saying that Emma is the best female swimmer in the 500 freestyle because she earned that and we need to stop allowing or organizations like the NCAA to perpetuate frauds on the public. And that’s exactly what they’re doing. They are putting ideology ahead of opportunity for women athletes,” he said.

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