Another female athlete has expressed her frustrations in competing against a transgender athlete, saying it is "impossible" to beat a swimmer who was born male.

A female swimmer athlete from Niagara University, who wished to remain anonymous, said she found it hard to compete against University of Pennsylvania transgender athlete Lia Thomas, as "there was no way I was going to get first." Thomas, a 22-year-old biological man identifying as a woman, broke two national records in the female races at the Zippy Invitational earlier this month, according to the Daily Mail.

"It’s hard working your whole life at a sport and going to big competitions and seeing someone who is more physically talented than you," the anonymous athlete told the outlet. "However it is even more discouraging to have them right next to you and knowing you won't ever be on the same physical level as them."


The Niagara University athlete joins two other swimmers who have voiced their frustrations in competing with Thomas, both of whom are Thomas's teammates at Penn. One of the students said having Thomas swim for the women's team is "the wrong thing to do," with the other student saying most team members are "angry" over the "unfair situation."

"When I have kids, I kinda hope they're all boys because if I have any girls that want to play sports in college, good luck," one of Thomas's teammates told sports outlet OutKick. "[Their opponents] are all going to be biological men saying that they're women. Right now we have one, but what if we had three on the team? There'd be three less girls competing."

Thomas said her transition resulted in a significant amount of muscle and strength loss.


The criticisms against athletes such as Thomas have sparked debate across the United States. President Joe Biden signed an executive order on Jan. 20 aimed at "preventing and combating discrimination on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation." The order mandated any school that receives federal funding must allow biological males who identify as females to participate in female sports. Schools that fail to comply could face punishment from the Department of Education.

But those on the Right say biological men have an unfair advantage. On Tuesday, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem proposed new legislation that would prevent biological males from competing in women's collegiate athletics, despite previously issuing a "style and form" veto to a similar measure passed by the state legislature.