Leah Thomas has dropped out of the running for the 2022 NCAA Woman of the Year.

Transgender athlete Leah Thomas of the University of Pennsylvania won a lot of awards as a member of the women’s swim team, but one of them won’t be the 2022 NCAA Woman of the Year.

The Ivy League on Monday named Columbia University fencer Sylvie Binder as the conference’s nominee for the annual Woman of the Year title, meaning she and Leah Thomas will not advance to the next round.

Penn was criticized earlier this month after nominating Thomas for NCAA Woman of the Year, sparking an uproar over male-born athletes who now compete as women in women’s sports. are recognized.

Thomas became the first male athlete to win a Division I women’s title at the NCAA Swimming Championships in March with a win in the 500-yard freestyle.

Before joining the women’s team for the 2021-22 season, Thomas swam on the men’s team for three years, then switched to the women’s. Thomas underwent at least one year of testosterone suppression as required under NCAA rules at the time.

University of Kentucky swimmer Riley Gaines said last week that Penn’s decision to select Thomas made a “mockery” of women’s sports.

“It’s a joke. That’s what this whole thing has turned into, something that we as female athletes have dedicated our entire lives to,” Gaines said on Fox News Channel’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight.” said in the program. “It’s something that people are laughing at. It’s an insult. It’s incredibly disappointing. And quite frankly it’s wrong.”

The award, which was established in 1991, “recognizes graduating female college athletes who have exhausted their NCAA eligibility and achieved academic excellence during their collegiate careers,” said the Ivy League’s press release. , has distinguished himself in athletics, service and leadership”.

Binder and Thomas both graduated in May. Binder, a three-time first-team All-American, won the foil title in 2019 and helped lead Columbia to the national title.

The NCAA announced that the field of 577 nominees had been whittled down to 151 after each conference selected one player to represent them. The list will be further reduced to 30 in October.

“From there, the selection committee will narrow the pool to three finalists from each division,” the NCAA said. “The NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics will select the 2022 Woman of the Year from nine finalists.”

The winner will be announced at the NCAA Convention in San Antonio in January.

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