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USA Triathlon Aquathlon Nationals Set for Saturday in Mercer Island

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Three returning national champions top the start list for the 2012 USA Triathlon Aquathlon National Championship, set to take place at the Islander Aquathon in Mercer Island, Wash., on Saturday.

logoAll competitors will complete a 1,500-meter swim followed by a 10-kilometer run at Luther Burbank Park. Visit usatriathlon.org for more information on the event or the multisport discipline of aquathlon, which features running and swimming.

The defending champions from last year’s event in Longmont, Colo., include:

• Brent Demarest (16-19, Charleston, S.C.)
• Julianna Batizy-Morley (40-44, Centennial, Colo.)
• Daniel Wirls (50-54, Santa Cruz, Calif.)

Saturday’s field also includes a handful of medalists from the 2011 ITU Aquathlon World Championships in Beijing — gold medalist Demarest; Bullet Bales (Glendale, Calif.), who claimed silver in the 65-69 age group; and bronze medalists Batizy-Morley, Andrew Farrell (40-44, Orlando, Fla.) and Elaine Morison (50-54, Lafayette, Calif.).

In addition to chasing national titles, athletes also will be competing for spots on Team USA for the 2012 ITU Aquathlon World Championships in Auckland, New Zealand, on Oct. 17. 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.

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