The Atlanta Rainbow Trout’s members are going to need a bigger trophy case.
Some 37 members of the gay swim club traveled to Washington, D.C., last month for the International Gay & Lesbian Aquatics (IGLA) Championships and returned with a collection of medals. Eight individual medals (one gold, four silver and three bronze) and four team medals (three silver and one bronze). Their top water polo team also snatched a bronze medal by defeating the same team they beat last year for a bronze.
Though the Trout didn’t win the Small Team Division as they did in 2007 (they placed fourth), they are understandably pretty pleased with their performance at IGLA this year.
“Things went really well,” said Sean Fitzgerald, the Trout’s president who has attended IGLA championships since 1995. “I don’t think we could have done better on the swimming or polo side.”
The medal count came during a particularly tough competition this year in which more than 840 people competed in swimming, diving, synchronized swimming and water polo. Competitors broke 152 swimming records during the four-day event. In 2007, the Trout won 16 individual medals and two team medals, finishing first in the Small Team Division for the second time in its history.
The Trout took two polo teams to IGLA this year. While the top team took bronze, the second team finished 1-5.
“We took two teams this year to get some of our newer players some playing time. Overall, the improvement from the first day to the last was significant, which was the whole reason we took a second team. We could definitely tell it was working,” Fitzgerald says.
For more on the competition, check out my Southern Voice sports column. After the jump, there’s the full list of Trout medal winners and more photos.
Trout results at 2008 IGLA Championships
Alex Bailey: Gold, 50 Freestyle
Kevin Mylod: Silver, 100 Fly
Nicole Giles: Silver, 200 Fly; silver, 1500 Freestyle; bronze, 400 Freestyle
Sean McKinley: Silver, 100 Backstroke
Ande Timpeiro: Bronze, 100 Freestyle
Brad Willard: Bronze, 50 Freestyle
Trout “A”: Bronze with 5-1 record
Trout “B”: 1-5 record
Small Team Division: fourth place
Mixed 160 Freestyle Relay: Silver (Alex Bailey, Ande Timpeiro, Scott Friedlander, Nicole Giles)
Men’s 100 400 Meter Freestyle Relay: Silver (Brad Willard, Steve Schessler, Russell Porter, Sean McKinley)
Men’s 800 Freestyle Relay: Silver (Russell Porter, Eric Love, Cliff Miller (top photo), Sean Fitzgerald)
Men’s 120 400 Medley Relay: Bronze (Sean McKinley, Alex Bailey, Kevin Mylod, Brad Willard)
Short Course Meters team records broken at IGLA
Nicole Giles: 400 & 1500 Freestyle, 200 Fly
David Saitta: 100 Backstroke
Kevin Mylod: 50 & 100 Fly, 200 IM, 50 Backstroke
Sean Fitzgerald: 50 Fly
Ande Timpeiro: 100 IM, 50 Breaststroke
Alex Bailey: 100 IM, 50 Freestyle
Scott Friedlander: 50 Backstroke
Brad Willard: 50 Freestyle (14-year-old record)
Mixed 160 200 Medley Relay: Kevin Mylod, Cliff Miller, Nicole Giles, Ande Timpeiro
Mixed 200 Free Relay: Alex Bailey, Ande Timpeiro, Scott Friedlander, Nicole Giles
Men 120 400 Medley Relay: Sean McKinley, Alex Bailey, Kevin Mylod, Brad Willard