Why not, whatever makes you happy I always say. I’ll bet you’ll enjoy a look back at the scrumptious Jack Mackenroth, Compete Magazine’s November 2013 MVP.

Hometown: Seattle

Current Residence: Manhattan

Sport: Swimming

Favorite Athlete: Janet Evans, Ben Cohen, Ji Wallace, Greg Louganis

Interests: Activism, Swimming, Weight lifting, Art, Design

Likes: Dogs, Horror movies, Carbs, Sarcasm, Twitter, Romance

Dislikes: Lateness, Egotistical people, Jealousy, Stigma

Best Physical Feature: My butt, eyes and brain.

Why You Love Sports:  I’ve been a competitive swimmer since I was 6 and It’s always kept me grounded and taught me to be disciplined and set attainable goals. Since my positive HIV diagnosis in 1989 swimming has been a crucial part in my feeling of overall wellness and health. I love setting goals for myself and putting in the training necessary to achieve them. This past May at Masters Nationals I did some of my lifetime best times at age 44. I got 4th in the nation in the 50 breaststroke with a time of 27.99, 5th in the 100 breaststroke with a 1:02.23 and 6th in the 100 fly with a 55.70.  I swim with Team New York Aquatics (TNYA.org) in Manhattan and I have been on the team for 22 years and I have amazing friends that share a love of swimming.

Photo Courtesy Kevin D. Hoover