Leah Thomas of Pence wins 200 Ivy League free games and sets record


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The son of Leah Thomas, a transgender swimmer, is the second Ivy League champion this week.

On Friday night, Thomas dominated the 200-yard freestyle competition en route to setting a meet record and qualifying as the conference champion again. She placed first with a score of 1:43.12, setting a record for the meet and at Harvard University’s Blodgett Pool.

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Leah Thomas Pence dives in the warm-up pool at the Ivy League Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships at Harvard University, Friday, Feb. 18, 2022, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
(AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)

Previous notes were compiled by Mickey Dalke of Harvard University. She set the pool record with a score of 1:45.00 in 2018 and the record in 2020 with a score of 1:47.78 in 2020.

Harvard finished numbers 2 and 3. Samantha Shelton finished in 1:45.82 and Molly Hamlin in 1:47.33.

This is the second time Thomas has described herself as a winner of an individual race.

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Pennsylvania’s Leah Thomas waits to swim in the qualifying round for the 200-meter freestyle at the Ivy League Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships at Harvard University, Friday, Feb. 18, 2022, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
(AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)

She won the 500 yard freestyle Thursday night. She started the event slow and had to fight Princeton’s Eli Marquardt early in the race, but was able to pull out at the end. Thomas finished with a score of 4:37.32.

Thomas’ teammate Catherine Borker was second with a time of 4:44.83, while Penn’s Anna Sophia Calandadze was fourth with a time of 4:47.54.

Thomas finished the fight about seven seconds ahead of Buroker to take the win and set a Blodgett rally record 500 runs.

Penn State's Leah Thomas, right, congratulates Harvard University's Samantha Shelton after Thomas set a record in the 200-yard freestyle final at the Ivy League Women's Swimming and Diving Championships, on Friday, February 18, 2022, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Penn State’s Leah Thomas, right, congratulates Harvard University’s Samantha Shelton after Thomas set a record in the 200-yard freestyle final at the Ivy League Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships, on Friday, February 18, 2022, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
(AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)

Thomas has been drawn into the national spotlight in the debate over whether transgender female athletes should be able to compete against biological women in sporting events. She received full clearance to participate in conference tournaments in the days leading up to it.

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She still has a few more events on Saturday night.


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