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Aquathlon Nationals Slated for Longmont, Colo., on Saturday
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Ten defending national champions are among the expected competitors at USA Triathlon’s Aquathlon National Championship, which will be held in conjunction with the America’s Cup Aquathlon in Longmont, Colo., on Saturday.
All competitors will complete a 1,500-meter swim followed by a 5-kilometer run at Union Reservoir. Visit usatriathlon.org for more information on the event or the multisport discipline of aquathlon, which features running and swimming.
Returning champions from last year’s event in San Ramon, Calif., set to defend their titles in 2011 include:
• Pieter deHart (30-34, Lexington, Va.)
• Erika Binger (35-39, Minneapolis, Minn.)
• Jaime Balboa (40-44, Los Angeles, Calif.)
• Tim Waid (45-49, Columbia, Mo.)
• Janet Jarvits (45-49, Pasadena, Calif.)
• Daniel Wirls (50-54, Santa Cruz, Calif.)
• Peter Harvey (55-59, Piedmont, Calif.)
• Elaine Morison (50-54, Lafayette, Calif.)
• Jackie Yukawa (60-64, Pasadena, Calif.)
• Sarah Ingersoll (65-69, Pasadena, Calif.)
Additionally, Saturday’s field includes four medalists from the 2010 ITU Aquathlon World Championships in Budapest — female 55-59 gold medalist Susan Griffin-Kaklikian (Castle Rock, Colo.); Wirls, who won silver; and bronze medalists deHart and Andrew Farrell (40-44, Orlando, Fla.).
In addition to chasing national titles, athletes also will be competing for spots on Team USA for the 2011 ITU Aquathlon World Championships in Beijing on Sept. 7. The top 10 finishers in each age group, rolling down to 14th place, will be eligible for a Team USA berth. Team USA is comprised of amateur athletes who represent the United States at each ITU World Championship event. Click here for more on Team USA.
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.