Weyant, who placed second in the March 17th event during the NCAA championships that took place at Georgia Tech's McAuley Aquatic Center, received warm felicitations from Governor DeSantis at a press conference, WFLA reported.
“She earned that. We need to honor that appropriately,” DeSantis said to the media.
“The NCAA is basically taking efforts to destroy women's athletics,” DeSantis said. “They're trying to undermine the integrity of the competition. They're crowning somebody else the women's champion, and we think that's wrong.”
Florida is among the few states with laws to safeguard women's sports , and to prohibit men that “identify” as women from playing against natural born females.
“We thought it was very important that girls and young women athletes in the state of Florida had the ability to work hard, to realize their dreams and to compete fairly,” the governor stated about the law in Florida. “Whether it's in swimming, it's in track and field, you name it.”
Weyant posted the time in the range of 4:34.99 against Thomas' 4:33.24 to come in second place in the 500 freestyle finals last week.
Despite the NCAA's assertion that Lia Thomas was the winner, Weyant became celebrated on social media as the true winner of the competition and many social media users declared “we ‘identify’ Weyant as the winner.”