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Collegiate Standouts Lead U.S. into 2012 FISU World University Triathlon Championship
Top up-and-coming triathletes to compete Saturday in Yilan County, Chinese Taipei
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Eight rising stars on the United States’ triathlon scene will compete against nearly 100 of the world’s top up-and-coming multisport athletes Saturday at the International University Sports Federation’s (FISU) 11th World University Triathlon Championship in Yilan County, Chinese Taipei.
The draft-legal, Olympic-distance race features a 1.5-kilometer swim, 40-kilometer bike and 10-kilometer run. Visit the event website for complete information.
Action kicks off Saturday with the women’s race featuring Jessica Broderick (University of Colorado; Boulder, Colo.), Julie Rechel (University of Richmond; Richmond, Va.) and Kaitlin Shiver (University of Florida; Gainesville, Fla.).
Broderick, who was 12th at the 2010 World University Championship, won the 2009 and 2010 USA Triathlon Collegiate National Championship titles and owns three career top-10 ITU Pan American Cup finishes. Rechel is a two-time podium finisher at Collegiate Nationals and was ninth in her draft-legal debut at the 2011 Myrtle Beach ITU Pan American Cup. A member of USA Triathlon’s Project 2016 program, Shiver won USA Triathlon’s collegiate and under-23 national titles in 2011 and was fourth at Under-23 Worlds a year ago. Visit triathlon.org for a complete women’s start list.
Slated to compete for the U.S. men are: Ryan Bice (University of Colorado Colorado Springs; Colorado Springs, Colo.), Chris Braden (University of Colorado; Boulder, Colo.), Kalen Darling (Whitworth University; Spokane, Wash.), Dustin McLarty (University of California-Irvine, Irvine, Calif.) and Jason Pedersen (Northern Arizona University; Simi Valley, Calif.).
Bice and Braden finished fourth and sixth, respectively, at 2012 USA Triathlon Collegiate Nationals, while Darling was the 2010 USA Triathlon under-23 national champion. One of the top swimmers in the sport, McLarty makes his second trip to the FISU World University Championship after finishing first and second at 2012 and 2011 Collegiate Nationals, respectively. Pedersen, a standout runner in college, is coming off a career-best sixth-place finish at the June 2 Dallas ITU Pan American Cup. Visit triathlon.org for a complete men’s start list.
In addition to men’s and women’s individual winners, there will be a team champion for each gender. In order to be eligible, athletes must be between the ages of 18-28 on Jan. 1, 2012. Additionally, athletes must be a current college student or have received a degree in 2011.
Led by runner-up Gwen Jorgensen, who was competing in just her second competitive triathlon, and Broderick, the U.S. women finished second in the team standings in 2010. In 2008, the U.S men won the silver, while the women brought home the bronze.
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 4,000 races and connects with more than 150,000 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.