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Framke, Krakauer Win USAT Aquathlon National Titles

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LONGMONT, Colo. — Kirk Framke (Denver, Colo.) and Amy Krakauer (Davidson, N.C.) posted the top performances Saturday at the weather-altered USA Triathlon Aquathlon National Championship.

Heavy rain and subsequent run-off in the Longmont area forced a change in the swim location and the format of the race. The water quality of Union Reservoir was deemed unsafe for swimming when tested Friday afternoon by race officials. 

The event, held in conjunction with the America’s Cup Aquathlon, consisted of a 5-kilometer run at 9 a.m. at Union Reservoir, followed by a 1,500-meter swim at 12:30 p.m. at Grant Ranch in Lakewood, Colo. Both segments were chip timed, and the combined time for the run and swim were used to determine official results, as well as Team USA spots 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, are eligible for a Team USA berth. 

Framke, 37, finished in 39 minutes, 4 seconds to edge 16-year-old Brent Demarest of Charleston, S.C. by four seconds. Krakauer's time of 44:12 helped her finish nearly two minutes ahead of the women's second-place finisher, 33-year-old Amanda McCracken of Boulder, Colo.

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2011 USA Triathlon Aquathlon National Championship, Longmont/Lakewood, Colo. 
5k run, 1,500m swim 

Age Group National Champions
Overall Female: Amy Krakauer (Davidson, N.C.) 44:12
Overall Male: Kirk Framke (Denver, Colo.) 39:04
F15&U: Fiona Dretzka (Northglenn, Colo.) 49:39
M15&U: Lars Hultgren (Centennial, Colo.) 47:39
F16-19: Taylor Fogg (Colorado Springs, Colo.) 48:19 
M16-19: Brent Demarest (Charleston, S.C.) 39:08
F20-24: Elise Brown (Orem, Utah) 47:35
M20-24: Tyler Volz (Colorado Springs, Colo.) 41:39
F25-29: Amy Krakauer (Davidson, N.C.) 44:12
M25-29: Jack McAfee (Chattanooga, Tenn.) 39:31
F30-34: Amanda McCracken (Boulder, Colo.) 46:09
M30-34: Pieter deHart (Lexington, Va.) 39:29
F35-39: Meg Flanegan (Boulder, Colo.) 50:45
M35-39: Kirk Framke (Denver, Colo.) 39:04
F40-44: Julianna Batizy-Morley (Centennial, Colo.) 47:35
M40-44: Karl Wolf (Longmont, Colo.) 43:38
F45-49: Jane Esahak Gage (Phoenix, Ariz.) 46:45
M45-49: David Balis (Plano, Texas) 40:03
F50-54: Alicia Caldwell (Denver, Colo.) 52:55
M50-54: Daniel Wirls (Santa Cruz, Calif.) 42:53
F55-59: Susan Griffin-Kaklikian (Castle Rock, Colo.) 50:56
M55-59: John Erb (Alexandria, Va.) 48:23
F60-64: Colleen Burns (McIntosh, N.M.) 55:52
M60-64: Judge Jones (Billerica, Mass.) 46:51
F65-69: Jackie Marr (Los Alamos, N.M.) 1:08:50
M65-69: Richard Smith (Richmond, Va.) 53:20
M70-74: Dave Robinette (Centennial, Colo.) 58:24

Pro male (America's Cup)
1. Brooks Cowan (Boulder, Colo.) 36:52
2. Nicholas Vandam (Colorado Springs, Colo.) 37:11
3. Andrew Farrell (Orlando, Fla.) 41:52

Pro female (America's Cup)
1. Kristen Peterson (Boulder, Colo.) 42:45 

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