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QUAC to participate in Utah’s largest amateur swim meet

Utah’s only queer aquatic club will be participating in the state’s largest amateur swim meet this November; individual swimmers will be trying to qualify to compete in national competitions.

The Queer Utah Aquatic Club is Utah’s largest all-inclusive sports organization and has been around since 1995. While swimming together several times a week to prepare for competitions and to stay in shape is one motivation, the club is also community oriented, said Milan Jendrisek, a QUAC board member.

“As most people know, QUAC is a swimming organization, but it’s also a place to find friends and participate in activities in the community such as the Pride Festival, the Utah AIDS Foundation and other organizations,” Jendrisek said. “You do your swimming, get your workout, and also develop great friendships.”

QUAC is open to queers and their allies and no competitive swimming experience is required. Jendrisek said he was a beginner when he first started attending practice and could barely make it from one end of the pool to the other. Practice is held Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Sunday mornings at the Fairmont Aquatic Center, 1044 E. 2200 South, Salt Lake City. There are practice groups for people of all abilities; from beginners, to advanced competitors who participate in competitions such as the South Davis Recreation Masters Swim Meet on Nov. 11-12. The events are divided by age group and relay teams are determined by the age of the youngest member of the team.

QUAC participates in other swim meets and water polo games throughout the year, including the Gay Games and their own QUAC Ski-N-Swim event. The meets are competitive, fun and open to everyone, regardless of experience or speed.

“Everyone is invited to come out and join us. The environment is very open and friendly. We encourage everyone to come have a nice workout and make some new friends,” Jendrisek said.

For more information about how to get involved or for a practice schedule, go to quacquac.org.

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