Howdy fellow Zebras!
I hope everyone survived finals week and congratulations to those zebras who graduated this year! I wanted to write a quick post before I leave town to give a quick update about everything that has been going on and some of the plans for next year. I am very humbled to be able to serve everyone as the president for the upcoming 2013-2014 school year. There are a lot of exciting things that your new officers are wanting to do for the next year, so get ready for possibly the best zebra-ful year of triathlon yet! We have decided to simplify things this coming year. Instead of trying to continuously increment the number, we will return to ground zero: Project Podium. An idea that started as a goal to break into the podium on the national scene three years ago is quickly becoming a part of Texas A&M Triathlon. It still seems like yesterday that I was traveling back on the coach bus from Tempe, AZ.
On the social media side, Sarah Pledger, your faithful new webmaster, and I are making huge additions to the website. In an effort to reduce listserv spam, we have implemented user login and forums as a medium for members, alumni, and friends to be able to trade ideas, sell or buy gear, or get together and train! Whenever you get the chance, please create an account and either Sarah or I will approve you. Team members and alumni will also get special access to deals and discounts. We are working on the best way to do this. Sarah will also be working on a new YouTube channel to give better race recaps!
On the partners side, our excellent partnership coordinator, Ciara Teter, has been hard at work! All Triathlon team members just need to mention their names at Muldoon's Coffee House to receive a $1 discount on every $3 spent there. This works through the summer too! We'll hopefully have more partners coming as fall semester gets nearer! Additionally, Ciara will be working as the race coordinator and we will maybe hopefully *fingers crossed* have other teams join us at our annual team time trials!
On the finance side, we started a Texas A&M Foundation account a little over a year ago with the goal of raising $25,000 in 5 years for scholarships and team expenses. Although we were not able to meet our goal of contributing $5,000 to the account this year due to extreme costs of nationals, we are still able to contribute $2,000 into the foundation. However, we still need help! If you are alumni of the team, please help us out. You can click the "Donate" link on the right to contribute to the team. All donations are greatly appreciated along with an invitation to our end of the year banquet next year!
On the fundraising and socials side, Julianne Newman is working on lots of exciting new socials and fundraisers in the form of more group rides, cookouts, and camping to name a few! We will be developing a new system for tracking volunteering that will ensure that if you volunteer more than others for the team, then you will for sure be paying less to travel to 2014 nationals, whoop!
Here's just a little bit of our past year as compiled by our very own Madeline Racine, who just walked the stage at graduation today!!
Sean Chang '13
Texas A&M Triathlon
This past weekend we competed at the South Midwest Regional Qualifiers... and we won!! We won the overall title as well as the men's and women's team divisons. Winning Regionals also helped us captured the Conference title.
Here are the individual results:
1st Lauren Lewis
3rd Cici Teter
5th Monica Longoria
7th Alison Smyth
9th Karyn Stern
11th Julianne Newmann
12th Annette Harpole
17th Kat Racine
18th Brenna Farren
20th Ali Senz
21st Michelle Dawes
25th Melissa Hunt
28th Madeline Racine
32nd Carleigh Kutac
1st Scott Wilkinson
3rd Dustin Joubert
4th Michael Arishita
9th Sean Chang
10th Ben Forrest
14th Kyle Blount
22nd Sean Fannin
23rd Anthony Felderhoff
28th Robert Dao
43rd Quang Tran
50th Brandon Miller
60th Tyler Vigil
61st Alex Neal
63rd Josh Messick
69th Taylor Kippes
76th Tyler Lawson
81st Daniel Mulkey
89th Ric Nava
96th Treat Peterson
Way to go Team!!
We are very excited to announce our new partnership with OutRival Racing, one of the premiere coaching services in Texas!! Outrival will be providing the team with beginner, intermediate, and advanced workouts focusing on our team races. Plus, they will even put on a skills clinic for us each semester.
Watch out Collegiate Nationals 2013!! The Texas A&M Triathlon team will be ready to race FAST!
If you are a due paying member, you should have received the Training Peaks Log-in information. If not, please contact a team officer.
It's going to be a great Spring Season. THANKS OUTRIVAL!!
CONGRATS to everyone who came out and raced today!! Special thanks to our volunteers!
Official results located here.
Great News people!! You can still join the team and sign up for races!! Come to any practice to pays dues. Only $65 for a semster. There is also the practice only option for $25.
Race forms for Frost Your Fanny are due Feb. 4th.
Wetsuit and Uniform orders are due by this Thursday!! Don't miss your chance to be warm in the water or race in the infamous zebra kit.
We're Proud to announce our newest officer, Julianne Newman. Congrats!
The complete Winter Break Training Challenge Results can be found here: https://skydrive.live.com/redir?resid=D535766EF140CF25!6832
Way to go to our top 10 training challenge finishers!! Especially to Will Huffman, taking the win!!
1st Will "the beast" Huffman
2nd Scottie "have you seen my biking legs??" Wilkinson
3rd Michael "I could swim the English Channel everyday" Arishita
4th Josh "football master" Messick
6th Lauren "LaLew" Lewis
7th Robert "Sir Dao" Dao
8th Sarah"biked enough to cross the entire state of Tejas" Pledger
9th Jason"red hair" Duance
10th Karn "Kstern" Stern
Team Mtg. Monday!
*****We are meeting in READ 274 for our next meeting.******
It's the building behind GRW Colosseum that has the giant pictures of Randy Bullock, Vonn Miller, and the other past football stars on the side. There are a couple doors into the building. Park in lot 48. There is a bike rack on the side of the building that has a couple stairs that go down to a door to the right of that. Its on the left side of that drive through circle right there. Once you go in those doors, to your left will be another door with some stairs on the inside. Go up to the second floor and room 274 will be right there by the stairs.
The meeting will be at 8 PM.
Don't forget to turn in your race forms! Frost yer Fanny is due by Feb. 4th and Mean Green is due by March 4th.
Can't wait to race!!
Tri Team Officers