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QUAC competes in Palm Springs

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Queer Utah Aquatic Club had five swimmers and five water polo players arrive in sunny Palm Springs to race and play polo in the 2022 International Gay & Lesbian Aquatics competition. Over the four days, the team collectively raced in 20 swim events and played in five water polo games.

To create a full water polo team, QUAC partnered and played with the London Orcas, creating Team “Viva la QuOrca.” They played in the bronze medal game, but ultimately lost a tight 8–5 game to powerhouse Toronto Triggerfish.

Kyle Spicer

“It was an amazing weekend of swimming and polo, making queer and ally friends, and poolside sunshine,” QUAC President Kyle Spicer said. “I loved watching both our seasoned and newer members dive right in and push their athletic abilities. We really came together as a team and cheered each other on all weekend.”

This was Spicer’s first IGLA and he is looking forward to IGLA ’23 in London.

IGLA is the world’s foremost international organization solely devoted to developing and promoting gay and lesbian swimming, water polo, diving, and synchronized swimming. IGLA’s mission is to promote participation in aquatic sports among lesbians and gay men and friends of our community and to ensure maintenance of the highest standards for aquatic competitions and international standards for all Gay Games and IGLA Championships.

QUAC offers swimmers and water polo players of all abilities a supportive and safe environment to improve their skills, get some exercise, meet people with similar interests, and if interested, the opportunity to compete. Join us at practice and get involved with one of the largest and friendliest LGBTQ+ athletic groups in Utah.

More information on QUAC can be found at quacquac.org

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