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Transgender former swimmer Schuyler Bailar supports his friend Lia Thomas from the stands in Atlanta

(03/19/22 1:49am)

ATLANTA — Walking across the pool deck after placing fifth in the 200-yard freestyle finals, Penn swimmer Lia Thomas glanced up at the stands and smiled at her supporters, who were holding a transgender flag. Among them, cheering and pumping his fist throughout the evening, was her longtime friend and mentor Schuyler Bailar.

Groups protesting Lia Thomas' participation in NCAA Championships met with counter-demonstrations

(03/18/22 3:24am)

ATLANTA — Hours before transgender Penn swimmer Lia Thomas earned a historic victory at the NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships, a vocal crowd gathered outside the aquatic facility — some in support of her and other trans athletes, and some to protest her participation.