By BTL Staff
In October, the Team Detroit Aquatics swim club traveled to Fort Lauderdale for the International Gay and Lesbian Aquatic Championships. Over 800 male and female swimmers from nine different countries competed.
At the IGLA swim meets men and women compete separately in age groups. The majority of swimmers range in age from 30-50.
Ribbons and points were awarded for the top 10 in each age category. Team Detroit Aquatics competed in the small team division and as a team earned 73.5 points. High point earners were Chad Steed with 27 points and Steve Padgett with 15 points. Other point earners were Jason K. Pacyau, Manus Nemeth, Kevin Grenier and Ken Mammo.
Nemeth, in his second swim meet ever, won a sixth place ribbon in the men’s 50-54 100 breaststroke. Steed won a bronze medal in the men’s 30-34 200 Butterfly. Ten-time Olympic medallist Gary Hall Jr. presented the awards on the last day of the meet.
Several swimmers (Jason K. Pacyau, Dave Roberts, Steve Padgett and Toby Blankenship) competed in a one mile ocean swim in rough waters.