Oakland University swimmer Ayrton Kasemets comes out; surprised by his teammate’ reaction


The water has always been home for Ayrton Kasemets. It’s always been his safe place.

“The pool is somewhere where I escape to be with my friends, and to relax,” he tells me.

And maybe it’s been that place for him, because outside of the pool, the Oakland University sophomore swimmer felt like a fish out of water for too long.

Ayrton is gay, and for years he felt nervous to tell his father.

“It was just something that I would worry about constantly.”


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