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University of Pennsylvania swimmer Lia Thomas made history when she became the first transgender athlete to win a NCAA Division I title. But recent social media posts claim the title has been revoked.
Tweets linked to an article titled, "NCAA Strips Lia Thomas Of National Championship After ‘Unfavorable’ Test Results."
One May 11 tweet with the same article was captioned, "Aww not only was he a male he cheated too? Enhancement drug!"
The link leads to an article on the website Dunning-Kruger-Times.com, a website that says on its "About Us" page, that it is a subsidiary of the "‘America’s Last Line of Defense’ network of parody, satire and tomfoolery." It said that "everything on this website is fiction."
There are no new reports or statements from the NCAA that say Thomas’ title was revoked. NCAA records for 2022 still show her first-place finish for the 500-yard freestyle. In July 2022, she was nominated for the NCAA Woman of the Year award.
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Dunning-Kruger-Times.com, NCAA Strips Lia Thomas Of National Championship After "Unfavorable" Test Results, accessed May 15, 2023
Dunning-Kruger-Times.com, About Us, accessed May 15, 2023
NCAA, Division I Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships Records Book, accessed May 15, 2023
CNN, Swimmer Lia Thomas becomes first transgender athlete to win an NCAA D-I title, March 17, 2022
NCAA, NCAA member schools release nominations for 2022 Woman of the Year award, July 14, 2022
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