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Lia Thomas Wraps Collegiate Career With Eighth-Place Finish in 100 at NCAAs

Penn swimmer Lia Thomas finished eighth in the 100-yard freestyle final Saturday at the NCAA championships, wrapping up her collegiate career.

Virginia freshman Gretchen Walsh won the title (46.05 seconds) for her first individual NCAA championship, while Thomas finished in 48.18 seconds.

Earlier in the championships, Thomas became the first known transgender athlete to win a Division I national championship after winning the 500-yard freestyle final. She later tied for fifth in Friday’s 200-yard final.

Thomas has followed NCAA and Ivy League rules since she began her transition in 2019 by starting hormone replacement therapy.