transgender pride flag A protester holds a transgender pride flag as part of a “Protect Trans Kids rally” in Sioux Falls on Sunday afternoon, Jan. 16, 2022 in support of transgender rights. Syndication The Indianapolis Star

A transgender swimmer who broke a women’s record at a New Jersey college was congratulated for the feat on social media, only to see the post later deleted.

Meghan Cortez-Fields set a Ramapo College record while winning the 100-yard butterfly last weekend at the six-team Cougar Splash Invitational in Pennsylvania. Cortez-Fields also won the 200 individual medley event and finished second in the 200 fly.

Cortez-Fields, who idolizes former NCAA champion transgender swimmer Lia Thomas, competed for the Ramapo men’s team for three years before changing teams this season.

Riley Gaines, the women’s sports advocate, said Ramapo College posted congratulations to Cortez-Fields on Instagram, but the post got deleted after Gaines mentioned it on X/Twitter. Her original post said, “Ramapo College swimmer in NJ goes from less than mediocre male swimmer to a record smasher competing against the women. Hm, where have we seen this before? #SaveWomensSports”

“They always hate the public attention after being called out for their discrimination and mistreatment of women,” Gaines, a former NCAA swimmer, posted on X/Twitter.

Fox News reported that a Ramapo College spokesperson said the school did not delete the post, and that it “supports all of our student athletes.”

“The original post of Meghan’s achievement was deleted by a peer who wanted to protect their teammate from insulting comments on the post,” the spokesperson said. “The College continues to post team and individual student-athlete achievements for all programs on our Athletics website.”

[Riley Gaines]

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