USA Triathlon hosting triathlon combine for female high school athletes

By Khem Suthiwan

What sport comes to mind when you hear the word combine? For most it’s football. Now the sport of triathlon is using the same venue to grow and recruit collegiate hopefuls, and right in our own backyard.

With 31 NCAA varsity triathlon programs and growing, there has been great success among single-sport athletes (swimmers and runners) who participate in triathlons. This combine will be the perfect opportunity to showcase their potential to collegiate recruiters.

Here are the details:

Who: The clinic will be limited to 30 female individuals; no experience needed; ages 12-18;

When: Saturday, August 17th 8:00am-12:00pm

What: 100 meter swim and 1600 meter run time trials; skills analysis

Where: Cheyenne Mountain High School, 1200 Cresta Road, Colorado Springs

Cost: Free

Have a high school athlete interested in giving triathlon a tri? Click here to register.

U.S. Olympian Joe Maloy to Lead USA Triathlon Collegiate Recruitment Program

From USA Triathlon

Maloy to lead talent transfer of single-sport NCAA runners and swimmers to elite triathlon

Photo: Nils Nilsen

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — USA Triathlon today announced that 2016 U.S. Olympian Joe Maloy has been hired as coordinator of the USA Triathlon Collegiate Recruitment Program (CRP), which identifies and recruits top-level NCAA runners and swimmers to elite triathlon. A member of the USA Triathlon High Performance staff, Maloy started on June 24 and will work remotely out of Southern California.

Maloy fills the role previously held by 2004 U.S. Olympian Barb Lindquist, who founded the CRP in 2009 and resigned as program manager last month. Lindquist remains a consultant for the USA Triathlon high performance staff.

“USA Triathlon is proud to bring another Olympian onto our staff — not only to build on the strong foundation of the CRP, but also to develop its future in new and innovative ways,” said John Farra, High Performance General Manager at USA Triathlon. “Joe’s background as a collegiate swimmer, ITU triathlete and Olympian lends him an authenticity that will be key to recruiting the right athletes to the CRP. I know Joe is ready to hit the ground running as we approach Tokyo 2020 and the next Olympic quadrennial.”

The CRP fast-tracks the talent transfer of single-sport collegiate runners and swimmers who have the potential to be elite triathletes. Through active recruitment, assessment, mentorship, support and a full-time coaching environment within an elite squad, USA Triathlon has increased the quality and quantity of the next generation of potential Olympic medalists.

“Collegiate athletes who’ve transitioned to triathlon have enjoyed success at the sport’s highest levels,” Maloy said. “Barb Lindquist recognized an opportunity to introduce these athletes to our sport when she started USA Triathlon’s Collegiate Recruitment Program, and I’m looking forward to building upon that work. This is not only a great opportunity to help USA Triathlon find podium contenders for the Paris 2024 and Los Angeles 2028 Olympic Games, but it’s also a chance to introduce hard-working women and men to both a sport and a community that will positively impact their lives for years to come. “

Read the full press release here

Collegiate Club National Championships

Tempe, AZ

 

USA Triathlon is excited to return to Tempe, Arizona for the Collegiate Club and High School National Championships in 2019. USA Triathlon was last in Tempe for Collegiate Nationals in 2013 and 2014. High School Nationals (non-drafting) and the Collegiate Club Draft-Legal Championships will occur on Friday, April 5. The Collegiate Olympic-Distance and Mixed-Team Relay races will occur on Saturday, April 6. Collegiate Club and High School Nationals will also take place in Tempe in 2020.

 

Event details and registration here

Tri Club Tuesday – CU Tri Club – Silent Auction and MCTC Results

by Paisley Sheenan

The CU Triathlon Team’s inaugural auction was a great success! It was a fun night with some competitive bidding, a presentation and Q&A by professional triathlete Cam Dye, and a raffle. All of our items were sold and the money we raised will help us with our goal of taking more athletes to our national championship race in April.

We would like to thank everyone who attended, Cam Dye for speaking, all our sponsors and other companies for donating to the auction, and Colorado Multisport for being a phenomenal venue. We are still fundraising for our journey to nationals through our crowdfunding page: c-fund.us/exx. Our campaign will be open until April 27th, and every donation, big or small, helps our team.

The team had a very successful St. Patrick’s Day weekend at the Mountain Collegiate Triathlon Conference Championship race. This was our first race of the spring semester, and we had three men in the top 5 (Timmy Winslow 1st, Roy Madrid 2nd, and Jack Toland 4th), and two women in the top 5 (Paisley Sheehan 3rd, Cassidy Hemp 4th). Timmy also won the individual men’s conference omnium and Paisley came in second place in the individual women’s conference omnium. Both our men’s and women’s team won the race as well as the team conference omnium.

On top of the great results, the Havasu Triathlon is always a fun race for the team. We road trip 14 hours to Arizona, get cozy with seven teammates in a minivan, and always come back to Boulder with lots of adventures and stories. We camp at Crazy Horse Campground and befriend the retired spring breakers who are living in their campers with a lakeside view.

The Havasu Triathlon course is certainly a memorable one. The two standout segments on the bike course are the Neighborhood and the Box. The Neighborhood is a hilly out and back through – you guessed it – a neighborhood, and is a great place to see teammates zoom past. The Box is the most infamous segment of the race with several short but very steep hills. The run course is flat and fast but contains an infamous flight of stairs that are uneven and climb up about two stories to the London Bridge.

This year, a good portion of our men’s team took the theme of “Havastache” to heart, growing mustaches and racing with Pit Viper sunglasses. These guys turned the heads of racers and spectators alike with their unique fashion sense (though the word “fashion” is up for debate). While we are a team who loves to compete and succeed, we are proud of our team spirit and always look to have fun, especially while we are racing.

Now that we are back from Havasu, we are gearing up for Nationals in a month, starting with our annual Spring Break Training Camp. This year we’ll be holding a local camp, completing a vigorous set of workouts designed by our loving coaches to challenge us both mentally and physically. From there, we’ll be settling into race-specific preparation, doing our best to make sure the entire team is ready to take on the competition in Tuscaloosa!

USAT Collegiate Club National Championships

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

 

USA Triathlon is excited to return to Tuscaloosa, Alabama for the Collegiate Club and High School National Championships in 2018. USA Triathlon was last in Tuscaloosa for Collegiate Nationals in 2011, 2012, and 2017 as well as for Age Group Nationals in 2009 and 2010. High School Nationals (non-drafting) and the Collegiate Club Draft-Legal Championships will occur on Friday, April 27. The Collegiate Olympic-Distance and Mixed-Team Relay races will occur on Saturday, April 28.

 

Event details and registration here

USAT Collegiate Club National Championships

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

 

USA Triathlon is excited to return to Tuscaloosa, Alabama for the Collegiate Club and High School National Championships in 2018. USA Triathlon was last in Tuscaloosa for Collegiate Nationals in 2011, 2012, and 2017 as well as for Age Group Nationals in 2009 and 2010. High School Nationals (non-drafting) and the Collegiate Club Draft-Legal Championships will occur on Friday, April 27. The Collegiate Olympic-Distance and Mixed-Team Relay races will occur on Saturday, April 28.

 

Event details and registration here

Colorado Mesa is first NCAA Triathlon Program – 303Radio gets the scoop from Head Coach Hanson

Geoff Hanson – Colorado Mesa University is the first NCAA Triathlon program in the State of Colorado. We caught up with head coach Geoff Hanson to learn about their first season and this foundation-building year. Coach Hanson shares insights into the team’s training regimen and how they qualified for the NCAA Championship in Tempe, AZ. Read the previously published article here.

Colorado Mesa University is the first NCAA Triathlon program in the State of Colorado

Colorado Mesa University is the first NCAA Triathlon program in the State of Colorado. We caught up with head coach Geoff Hanson to learn about the Maverick’s first season and this foundation-building year. “This first season has been a learning process for all of us. It’s something we talk to our team about and the kids we recruit. We are the one and only NCAA [triathlon] program in the State.”

We asked how important the relationship with USA Triathlon is to the success of starting and growing triathlon as a women’s NCAA sport. “USAT is the driving force in all of this. What they have is a grant system to get NCAA programs started. The support from the top of USAT is only going to help the sport grow. When you see the momentum growing, other schools want to get involved.”

There are seven women and seven men on the roster at CMU. They come from a variety of backgrounds including cross county, cycling and swimming, but most everyone is new to the sport of triathlon this year, and draft legal racing in particular. The Mavericks qualified for the National Championship at the Pumpkinman Triathlon in Boulder City, Nevada on October 21st. Just prior to the team getting on the bus for Tempe Arizona, we asked coach Hanson how the team was feeling. “They’re excited and it should be a great race. We’re just incredibly honored that we could qualify for the national championship in our first season”.

USAT put out a press release earlier this week summarizing the race and Arizona State University’s title defense among the 11 varsity teams and 10 club teams. The race included high profile figures such as 2016 Olympian Ben Kanute and USAT National team member Renee Tomlin as announcers. When asked about CMU’s performance in Tempe, coach Hanson told us “Our top finisher, Hannah Brockie, was 39th overall out of 83 starters in all divisions. She was the 11th finisher among the Division II competitors. I was very pleased to have an athlete finish in the top half of such a talented field. As our program concludes its first year of NCAA competition, I feel like we have laid a great foundation to build on and I’m excited about the future of CMU Triathlon!”