Savannah DeGroot

February 13, 2017

While she is comfortable with her sexuality, there are hard moments for Savannah DeGroot ‘17. Being lesbian and on the girls’ swim team she feels like she has to be careful around the other girls. “I have to be more conscious of my actions, because I feel like I might give someone the wrong idea,” she said.

These moments are not unheard of for those participating in sports. Another student athlete that wishes to remain anonymous has not yet come out in fear of her teammates reacting negatively. “My whole team doesn’t know,” she said. “We all change together. I wouldn’t want anyone to be like ‘I don’t want to change with her, she’s going to look at me.’” The student hopes that would not be the case, and she likes to think the coaches would stick up for her. For now, she does not plan to come out for sake of minimizing any drama.

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