Top Five: Trout wins title in Paris competition

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Editor’s note: No. 3 three in my picks for the best local gay sports stories in 2007 is the success of the Atlanta Rainbow Trout. Whether it’s in Paris or Atlanta, this aquatics group knows how to win.

One title in 12 years can make a swim team a little hungry. That in mind, the Atlanta Rainbow Trout traveled to the International Gay & Lesbian Aquatics Championships in Paris last May and beat out more than two-dozen teams to take the gold medal in the small team division, which includes teams with a dozen or fewer participants. The group’s water polo team took third place to win the bronze.

For the water polo team, a mixture of veterans and inexperienced players, reaching the medals round of the tournament marked the first time they went that deep in the IGLA tournament. Since 2002, the team has lost in the quarterfinals.

On the swimming side, 10 Trout swimmers also captured individual medals, led by Michelle Martin as she set IGLA records in two events – the 400 Individual Medley and 200 Butterfly.

The Trout ended the year with its annual tournament, the St. Nick’s Swim Meet, which drew more than 120 swimmers from the Southeast. The day-long competition, one of the last events of the year sanctioned by United States Masters Swimming, the governing body for adult swimmers in the U.S., included the setting of several new records.

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