“I first realized I used to be trans the summer time earlier than, in 2018,” Thomas lately told SwimSwam. “There was loads of uncertainty, I didn’t know what I might have the ability to do, if I might have the ability to preserve swimming. And so, I made a decision to swim out the 2018-2019 yr as a person, with out popping out, and that brought about loads of misery to me. I used to be struggling — my psychological well being was not excellent. It was loads of unease, principally simply feeling trapped in my physique. It didn’t align. I made a decision it was time to return out and begin my transition.” In 2020, Lia was permitted by the NCAA to swim on the ladies’s group.