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Washington, D.C., to host largest LGBT Aquatics competition

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More than 1,200 athletes will compete in the
International Gay & Lesbian Aquatics Championships
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The District of Columbia Aquatics Club (DCAC) and the Washington Wetskins Water Polo Team are extending an invitation to the LGBT community to support the upcoming 2008 International Gay and Lesbian Aquatics Championships (IGLA) by either competing in or attending the annual tournament. More than 1,200 athletes are expected to convene in Washington, DC during the four-day competition to be held June 19–22.

The IGLA Championships provide competition in the sports of swimming, diving, water polo, and synchronized swimming. Over the years, IGLA competitors have set dozens of United States and World Masters swimming records. Former Olympians Bruce Hayes, Bruce Pichler and Dan Veatch, as well as Jack Mackenroth of the hit Bravo television show Project Runway have all participated.

“DCAC and the Wetskins are really excited to host IGLA. We’ve been working hard over the past year to ensure that the IGLA Championships in DC will be a world-class event,” said WonKee Moon, IGLA Director. “Additionally, I think that first-time visitors to DC, as well as those that have not visited the city in a few years will be pleasantly surprised by what DC has to offer beyond the monuments. DC is truly an international city with great restaurants, culture, and nightlife.”

Competition will take place at the world-renowned natatorium in the Eppley Recreation Center on the campus of the University of Maryland, College Park, and at the Takoma Community Center’s state-of-the-art, Olympic-size swimming pool in Washington, DC.

In addition to the competition, the IGLA Championships are also known for their irreverent celebrations. Essential to every IGLA Championships are the closing night awards banquet, social events, and the famed “Pink Flamingo,” where teams perform skits involving dressing up drag, choreographed dance moves and synchronized swimming. A panel of “celebrity” judges rates each team’s performance and the winner is awarded the Pink Flamingo Trophy at the end of the competition. This year’s theme is “In Hot Water.”

For additional information and to register, please visit: http://www.igla2008.org. The championships are also looking for corporate and individual sponsorship. Please visit the Web site to find out how you can help!

About IGLA
The International Gay & Lesbian Aquatics (IGLA) is the world's foremost international organization solely devoted to developing and promoting swimming, water polo, diving, and synchronized swimming among members and friends of the LGBT community. IGLA represents more than 10,000 athletes in 36 countries worldwide. For additional information, visit www.igla.org.

About DCAC
The District of Columbia Aquatics Club (DCAC) is an entirely volunteer-run swim team and 501(c)(3) non-profit whose mission is to promote competitive and fitness swimming for LGBT swimmers and their friends in a team-oriented, professionally coached setting. DCAC, established in 1988, is dedicated to promoting the sport of swimming. With close to 150 swimmers, DCAC ranks as one of the largest USMS teams in the Potomac Valley region, is one of the largest 50 teams in the U.S., and is one of the largest (primarily, but not exclusively) gay and lesbian teams in the world. DCAC’s membership includes first time swimmers, as well as experienced competitive swimmers, including FINA Masters World Record holders, and individual & relay USMS Top Ten and All-Americans swimmers. DCAC is a member of both United States Masters Swimming (USMS) and the International Gay and Lesbian Aquatics (IGLA). For additional information, visit www.swimdcac.org.

About the Wetskins
Founded in 1985, the Washington Wetskins Water Polo Team is the longest continuously operating water polo team in the U.S. to openly welcome individuals who identify as gay, straight or bisexual. The team welcomes both men and women. The team’s common goal is learning, improving and excelling in the sport of water polo with no specific political agenda, other than tolerance and inclusion. The Wetskins have proudly represented the Washington metro area in numerous national and international competitions. The team’s journeys have included local competitions in the Washington area as well tournaments in Paris, Amsterdam and Sydney. The Wetskins are members of USA Water Polo as well as IGLA. For additional information, visit www.wetskins.org.

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