Gay swimmers go for gold

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No word yet from the gay swimming championships held over the weekend, but the Atlanta Rainbow Trout headed to the competition with high expectations.

More than 40 members of the gay swim squad took part in International Gay & Lesbian Aquatics Championships, held June 18-22 in Washington, D.C. Last year, the Trout took gold in the small team division for only the second time in the club’s history, while the polo team took bronze for the first time. Team members also collected 16 individual medals.

“We are hopeful,” Sean Fitzgerald (photo), the Trout’s president, said before the competition. “You never know until you get there who everyone has.”

Fitzgerald also took with him a personal goal of winning medals in an individual event, a relay and with the water polo team. He’s attended the championships since 1995 and last year took second place in the 50-meter freestyle.

“I’ve never thought of not going,” he said. “From the first one when I walked on the deck, I just knew that’s where I’m supposed to be.”

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