CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — A Harvard athlete is believed to be the first openly transgender swimmer in the NCAA.
Schuyler Bailar, an incoming freshman, was initially recruited for the women's swimming team but came out as transgender this year. After he told the women's coach, Harvard surprised Bailar with an offer to join either the men's or women's team.
On the women's team, the 19-year-old from McLean, Virginia, would have had a shot at breaking records, but he joined the men's team to embrace his identity.