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Transgender swimmer from Yale University Isaac Heng won the Ivy League at 50 for free

Transgender swimmer from Yale University Isaac Heng won the Ivy League at 50 for free

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Yale Transgender swimmer Iszac Henig won an award Ivy League Championship At 50 free yards Thursday night.

Henig narrowly beat Nikki Venema of Princeton with a time of 21.93 seconds in the event. Venema finished at 22.30, while Brown’s Samantha Scott finished third at 22.81. Henig entered the event with the fastest qualifying time at 22.17.

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Iszac Henig of Yale stands on the pool deck before preparing for an event at the Ivy League Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships at Harvard University, Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Starting hormonal treatments so far, she’s swimming for the Yale Women’s team.
(AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)

Hennig, who goes from female to male and uses male pronouns, swam on the Yale team’s 800-yard freestyle relay that finished the second race Wednesday night in front of Harvard. Compete in the first leg of the event against Leah Thomas, who goes from male to female.

Thomas finished the first stage of the Wednesday relay with a time of 1:44.50 while Henig finished 1:44.65.

Yale finished first in the 200-yard freestyle relay. He, Lindsey Wagner, Ophelia Pilkton and Marisa Healy finished a 1:29.66 achievement in the event.

Henig is from California and has been competing with Yale since 2018.

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Henig removed his breasts but wrote in a The New York Times Column in June wasn’t taking hormones yet because he wanted to compete in the pool.

“As a student-athlete, coming out as a transgender guy puts me in a strange situation,” Hennig wrote. “I could start the hormones to get along more with myself, or wait, transition socially and keep competing on the women’s swimming team. I decided on the latter.

“I appreciate my contributions to the team and realize that my childhood doesn’t depend on whether there was more or less testosterone running through my veins. At least, that’s what I’ll try to remember when I put on my women’s swimsuit for the competition and remember a breath I no longer feel attached to.”

Henig’s specialty in the pool is freestyle and butterfly swimming.

Yale Isaac Hennig smiles as he talks to a coach before the team relay events at the Ivy League Women's Swimming and Diving Championships at Harvard University, Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Yale Isaac Hennig smiles as he talks to a coach before the team relay events at the Ivy League Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships at Harvard University, Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
(AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)

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Henig will be competing over the weekend.