Riley Gaines, a former NCAA swimmer spoke about the discomfort she felt when sharing a locker room with transgender swimmer Lia Thomas. During one of the episodes of "Tucker Carlson Today", she explained the situation in detail; "So not only were we forced to race against a male, we were forced to change in the locker room with one," Gaines told Fox News.
"That’s not something we were forewarned about, which I don’t think is right in any means, changing in a locker room with someone who has different parts."
Riley Gaines: There’s extreme discomfort in the locker room
Gaines was not the only one who did not feel comfortable, and the other swimmers had the same feeling.
However, it was difficult to find a solution, they did not know what to do about it. "There’s extreme discomfort in the locker room, there’s kind of these grumbles," Gaines said. "Then we’re sitting there not even knowing who to talk to, who to complain to, because this kind of all happened behind the scenes and very discreetly." "Better swimmers know if your better swimmers regardless of what school or what conference you're at," Gaines said.
"You compete internationally together. Even if you're not on the same collegiate team, you've probably been on teams together before." "All of a sudden, out of nowhere, there's this article posted that says, 'Lia Thomas, swimmer at UPenn, posts 1.41 200m freestyle,' which is a very, very fast time," Gaines didn't pay attention to it, but she was shocked when she found out that Lia Tomas was going to compete.
"I kind of just went about my training because I was like, this is a good thing maybe, but, turns out, two weeks before our national championships, the NCAA announced Lia will be competing with the females, and I was just like, 'mind blown.' "