WATCH: Women athletes tell CPAC what it's like to be forced to compete against biological males

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Collegiate swimmer Riley Gaines, who tied with male transgender athlete Lia Thomas at the past NCAA championships, along with professional skateboarder Taylor Silverman, who has been forced to compete against trans-identified biological males on three separate occasions, spoke up for women’s sports at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Saturday.

Gaines, who is a three-time Southeastern Conference champion and a 12-time All-American, was forced to race against Thomas at the NCAA championships back in March, who swam for three years on the University of Pennsylvania Men’s Swim Team  before switching to the Women’s Team as Lia last fall. In the men’s division, Thomas was ranked at 554 in the 200 yard freestyle event, 65 in 500, and 32 in 1650 freestyle according to Swimming World Magazine. In December 2021 after switching to the women’s division, Thomas broke the women’s records for the 200 and the 500.

At the NCAA championships, Gaines tied Thomas for fifth place in the 200 freestyle competition, the day after the transgender athlete won the national title in the 500 freestyle. However, only Thomas was given a trophy to hold for the photo op, and Gaines was told that her trophy would come in the mail later on.

“It was at this point I realized that they’re trying to save face here,” Gaines said on stage at CPAC in Dallas, Texas. According to her, “the NCAA mismanaged this.”

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