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Seattle Otters hold water polo tournament
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Seattle Otters hold water polo tournament

by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

The Seattle Otters, a local LGBT-friendly water polo team, held its 14th International Open Water Polo Tournament February 5-7. 'It's one of the largest water polo tournaments in the Pacific Northwest. It was 27 teams in three divisions: women, open, and co-ed,' said Wade Taylor, a player for the Otters.

About 45 locals participated in the three-day tournament - just one of many that the Otters will compete in any given year, but the only annual tournament that the Otters themselves host as a team. The Open saw teams from many states and provinces including Utah, California, Alberta, British Columbia.

The Seattle Otters were founded in 1990 as a women's team to compete in the Gay Games. The Otters became a co-ed team in 1992. Over the years, the Otters have gradually moved from an almost entirely Gay team to a Gay-friendly team comprised mostly of straight people, but the team still remains very connected to its LGBT roots.

According to Taylor, players with skill levels of all kinds are welcome. The Otters currently have women's, open and co-ed teams, and are always looking for new players. The Otters hold an open-to-all practice the last Tuesday of every month at Medgar Evers Pool by Garfield High School.

For more information, visit www.otterpolo.com.

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