I was fortunate to be able to participate in my 3rd collegiate nationals with the team. What a journey it was! We left Wednesday night, arrived in Tempe on Thursday, raced Friday and Saturday, competed for the Spirit Award the entire weekend only to have it stolen by UC Santa Barbara. If only our conference was as united as theirs (and actually showed up to awards), maybe we could have won. However, we've been nominated as finalists two years in a row now, so third time's a charm , right? After an uneventful bus drive, we made it to College Station late Sunday night. I'm super proud of how all of our zebras did, from Carleigh's break-out performance in the Olympic distance to Colin McCatharn's blazing run that put him into top 75. Our girls finished 6th out of the women with Lauren Lewis leading the team, narrowly missing the podium by 10 points. Combined, we also finished 6th as a team behind University of Colorado, UCLA, UC Berkeley, West Point, and Navy. Michael Arishita had a great performance finishing 13th in the combined men's score. Our relay also had a stellar performance, finishing 11th out of over 40 teams.
It has been very exciting to serve as your 2013-2014 president, but I'm afraid it is time to pass on the baton. Colin McCatharn will be your new president, and he's got my full support going on into the next school year!
You can find the results here: http://www.pigmantri.com/jmsracing/results14/usatcollegiate14.html
Your now former president,
Sean "#zebraforever" Chang
Great job to everyone who come out today! Today it was wet, windy, cold, rainy, wavy, and 57 degree water temperature... But we did it! Whether you only did the swim, bike/run, or all three, just know that all other triathlons out there are going to be easy from here on out. :) Dustin Joubert was the fastest male and Ciara Teter was the fastest female. Each individual received a $25 gift card to Brazos Running Co.
Results are posted here: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B7a0VlTbD928VVdYOEg2NzVLYms. The bike/run course this year was slightly longer than in previous years, but you can still compare past times by going here. Also keep in mind that the swim times may be slightly skewed as our first turn buoy came untied from the anchor as our first swimmers reached it, and it drifted to shore. The later swimmers may have ended up cutting the course a bit.
Lastly, thanks to the University of Texas, Baylor University, Texas State University, University of Incarnate Ward, and University of Houston for coming out and racing with us! We had 61 racers with 28 completing the entire race and no injuries/accidents/major mishaps. We look forward to hanging out with y'all at regionals and nationals!
If there are any issues with the results, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Whether you are racing or volunteering at team time trials (March 2, 2014):
The first annual Team Invitational will be held in College Station, home of Texas A&M University. This is the premier warm-up race for the spring 2014 triathlon season. There will be a collegiate, as well as an open division which will be available to the general public.
Click here for event information.
Check out our Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1402460136673477/
If you are a Texas A&M member or alumni, please sign up on our roster: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AkDTDveLiyvJdHk5Mk84RXVEQnlpdTQwSjZxRVlnWkE&usp=drive_web#gid=0.
If you are from another collegiate team, please send your roster to Julianne Newman (see event information for her email).
Here's a recap from our meeting tonight in case you couldn't make it:
- If your'e not 100% sure you want to join, come to practice anyways and check us out!
- Pay dues here. Print a receipt and bring it to practice. You can also pay at practice.
- Forms you need to fill out here: AOR and Standard of Conduct. Extra forms available at practice.
- Practice schedule, calendar, and race schedule are located on the website.
- Nationals will be roughly ~$100 per person depending on how much you volunteered.