A 22-year-old student from Austin, Texas, has broken two United States women’s swimming records over the weekend.
Lia Thomas, who competed in the Zippy Invitational in Ohio, broke two records in the 200m and 500m freestyles and followed her recent record-breaking performances in the same disciplines for the University of Pennsylvania.
Announcing the new records, The University of Pennsylvania boasted that Thomas had finished “best in the country” in the 500m freestyle on the event’s first day. On the second, she “delivered another record-breaking performance” with the 200m freestyle.
The women finished second at the Zippy Invitational this weekend!
— Penn Swimming & Diving (@PennSwimDive) December 6, 2021
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