Ramapo College swimmer Meghan Cortez-Fields previously competed on the men’s swimming team but is now competing on the women’s team.
In an article last year, the Ramapo News reported that “Cortez is a transgender woman who uses she/they pronouns and is a member of the men’s swim team.”
The outlet reported that Cortez would tape his chest because using a swim top would disqualify him from participating in men’s events. “I choose to tape my breasts because I feel it is very uncomfortable and kind of dehumanizing to swim without a top,” Cortez said, according to the outlet.
The swimmer described former University of Pennsylvania swimmer Lia Thomas as “an inspiration.” Thomas, a man who identifies as a woman, earned widespread criticism while competing in women’s swimming.
“[Thomas] is an inspiration to me in that way, but also I felt so bad for her because I know exactly what she was going through,” Cortez noted, according to the outlet. “Even going into this season, I had a fear of succeeding, because I don’t want what happened to her to happen to me.”
Apparently, Cortez-Fields is now competing on the women’s swim team, because a recent post about women’s swimming on
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