Jack Mackenroth On Being A Gay Athlete, Porn

Every week, new AKA William correspondent Reggie Cameron will cover gay celebrities, chic events, smutty boys, and anything and everything else that comes his way in L.A.

As the first openly poz competitor, Jack Mackenroth brought uber-drama and a sizable helping of nipples(!) to “Project Runway.” His tear-filled, early departure from the program (for medical reasons) was tragic and frightening. Sure his designs showed potential, but the realization we’d all be robbed of his occasional half-naked appearance onscreen –that’s when the waterworks really got going.

For those of us more interested in his body than his ability to drape and embroider, I give you Jack — tan, wet and in spandex. A world class swimmer, Mackenroth collected 8 gold medals in Copenhagen at the 2009 World OUTGames. A busy girl, he’s set to sweep the 50 meter breaststroke, 50 meter freestyle, 50 meter fly, 100 meter breast stroke and 100 meter freestyle at the Gay Games in Cologne, Germany (July 31 – August 7th, 2010). I spoke with the formerly pre-med poindexter about his upcoming trip, gay athletes and porn.

Reggie Cameron
Are you ready for Cologne?

Jack Mackenroth
Sometimes it’s a struggle to get in the pool at 5am, but you find the motivation. I tweet to get through the rough patches.

RC
Do you consider yourself an all-around jock, or is it strictly watersports?

JM
I’ve thought about doing triathlons, and I was in gymnastics when I was younger . . . all the gay sports, but I’ve been a hardcore competitive swimmer since I was 6. At one point, I tried soccer and it was just embarrassing. I’m not good with anything involving balls other than sex. The memory of a basketball coming and flying at my head at PE in 7th grad and the panic attacks it produced are still with me. So I’m sticking with swimming since I’m fairly good at it.

RC
. . . but you’re not a dumb jock . . . .

JM
I studied pre-med at Berkeley, I came from a medical family. I took all AP courses in high school and I thought I would end up at an Ivy League school, but I didn’t get in to Stanford or Harvard. Berkeley was actually my backup. I was pre-med for 2 years and it was super-,competitive and everything and one day I just looked around at all my classmates and realized,“These people are douche bags.”

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