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USA Triathlon Collegiate Nationals Set for Saturday, April 9
Nearly 1,600 collegiate multisport athletes are scheduled to compete adjacent to the University of Alabama’s scenic campus. More than 1,200 athletes will tackle the Olympic-distance Collegiate National Championship event, which features a 1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike and 10-kilometer run starting and finishing at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater. The men’s race will kick off at 7:30 a.m., followed by the women at 10 a.m.
Additionally, more than 300 athletes will compete in a sprint-distance race featuring a 750m swim, 20k bike and 5k run at 12:30 p.m. Visit usatriathlon.org for more information.
Four women’s top-10 finishers from 2010 Collegiate Nationals are on the start list for this year’s event with 2009 champion and 2010 runner-up Jessica Broderick of Colorado leading the way. UC Santa Barbara’s Kathrine Warren was seventh a year ago and captured the 20-24 age group world title at the 2010 ITU World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. Alexandra Weber of Texas A&M placed ninth in 2010, while Brittany Braden of Cal Poly finished 10th.
Florida’s Kaitlin Shiver was the overall winner at the 2009 USA Triathlon Age Group National Championship in Tuscaloosa and grabbed second at the 2010 PATCO Pan American Under-23 Championship in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Julie Rechel of Richmond also returns to Collegiate Nationals after placing third to earn a spot on the podium in 2009. Click here for a complete women’s start list.
On the men’s side, three top-10 finishers from last year’s race are back in the fold. Karl Kashar, who was seventh for Virginia in 2010, is slated to compete for Colorado as a graduate student. CU also returns Chris Braden, who placed 10th a year ago. Ohio State’s Steven Rosinski finished eighth a year ago and was the No. 2 graduate student.
UC Irvine’s Dustin McLarty returns to Tuscaloosa for Collegiate Nationals after finishing 11th at the 2010 USA Triathlon Elite National Championship. Also slated to compete is Greg Grosicki of William & Mary, who won the 20-24 age group at the 2010 ITU Duathlon World Championships in Edinburgh, Scotland, and Andrew Roos of Stanford, who claimed the overall title at the 2010 USA Triathlon Aquathlon National Championship. Click here for the complete men’s start list.
Colorado will look to repeat as the overall team champion, as well as the men’s champion. Army finished second overall a year ago and earned the women’s title. Navy captured the 2009 title and placed third last year.
In all, more than 120 colleges and universities are slated to compete in Tuscaloosa. The host state will be well represented with clubs from the University of Alabama, Auburn University, the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the University of North Alabama on the start list. Click here for a full list to teams scheduled to compete.
The 2011 Collegiate National Championship marks the fifth consecutive year that USA Triathlon has held one of its major championship events in Tuscaloosa. Collegiate Nationals was last held in the city in 2008, alongside the U.S. Olympic Trials.
About USA Triathlon
Founded in 1982, USA Triathlon is proud to serve as the National Governing Body for triathlon – one of the fastest growing sports in the world – as well as duathlon, aquathlon, aquabike, winter triathlon and paratriathlon in the United States. USA Triathlon sanctions 3,500 races and connects with more than 135,000 members each year, making it the largest multisport organization in the world. In addition to its work with athletes, coaches, and race directors on the grassroots level, USA Triathlon provides leadership and support to elite athletes competing at international events, including ITU World Championships, Pan American Games and the Summer Olympic Games. USA Triathlon is a proud member of the International Triathlon Union and the United States Olympic Committee.