June 8, 2012 | by Kevin Majoros
Triumph and glory

D.C. Aquatics Club members in Iceland. (Photo by Eyjólfur Karl Eyjólfsson)

The District of Columbia Aquatics Club (DCAC) swimmers are just returning from the International Gay and Lesbian Aquatics World Championships in Reykjavik, Iceland. The event was held from May 30-June 4 and the club brought home multiple gold medals along with a second place finish in the team category.

Next up for the Aquatics Club will be hosting the 21st annual Swim for Life on July 14.  The event is a fundraiser for HIV/AIDS nonprofits as well as local watershed organizations.  Swimmers will compete in races of varying distances beginning and ending at Rolph’s Wharf on the Chester River. This is also a great opportunity for anyone training for a triathlon. Details on the event are at swimdcac.org.

Congratulations to the D.C. Strokes Rowing Club or hosting a successful 19th running of the Stonewall Regatta which was contested last Sunday. About 500 rowers came in from across North America to D.C. to compete in a mix of men’s and women’s sprint races on the Anacostia.  Stonewall is the only regatta in North America hosted by a gay and lesbian rowing team.

The Rowing Club has had some impressive turnouts for its Learn to Row Program in the past few years. After completing that program, rowers are welcome to join the next level which is the Novice Program. This season they are welcoming an astonishing 58 new rowers to the Novice Program. Details are at dcstrokes.org.

Former Learn to Row Program alumni and Club rower Jason Beagle just completed his bid for a spot on the United States Paralympics Rowing team headed to London this summer.  After an intense week at selection camp in Charlottesville, Va., which capped off with several days of seat racing, Beagle was named first alternate to the London squad in the Legs, Trunk and Arms category.

Beagle will be returning to the High Performance Center in Oklahoma City to continue training for a spot on the team headed to the 2013 World Championships in South Korea. Those interested can follow him on Facebook at Jason Martin Beagle.

Not to be outdone in the water by the rowers and swimmers, the D.C. Sentinels basketball team will be hosting Splash III on July 7 from 4-11 p.m. in Accokeek, Md. The event is a pool party fundraiser with a hot body competition, raffles and door prizes. Proceeds from the event will fund future basketball tournaments and local HIV/AIDS charities.

The Sentinels traveled to Chicago on April 21 to compete in the Coady Roundball Classic. Their B team brought home second place in the lower B division. More information on the Sentinels and the pool party can be found at teamdcbasketball.org.

The Federal Triangles Soccer Club will kick off the intra-club Summer of Freedom league on June 19. The league is D.C.’s only LGBT soccer league and consists of nine-on-nine coed formats with a minimum of three women on the field at all times.

The official launch party is Tuesday at Duplex Diner. Find out more about all of the soccer leagues at federaltriangles.org.

The Washington Renegades Rugby Football Club is just returning to D.C. after competing in the Bingham Cup in Manchester, England last weekend. The Bingham Cup is the world championship of gay and inclusive rugby teams and attracts roughly 1,500 players from 15 countries.

Both of the Renegades squads performed well with the Blues losing in the semifinal of the premier division and the Reds losing in the semifinal of the bowl division after two periods of extra time. Check out the ruggers at dcrugby.com.

Tickets are available for the eighth annual Night OUT at the Nationals to be hosted by Team D.C. on June 19. The event is the largest LGBT community night in professional sports in the United States. Details are at teamdc.org.

 

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