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Dave Slavinski raced to an overall title after finishing second in this event in 2011.
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Slavinski, Waterstraat Earn USA Triathlon Long Course National Titles

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OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — Dave Slavinski and Elizabeth Waterstraat captured overall titles Saturday at the USA Triathlon Long Course National Championship, held at Lake Hefner in conjunction with the Redman Triathlon.

Slavinski (Point Pleasant, N.J.) placed second at the event in 2011 and cruised to victory this year by finishing the 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, 13.1-mile run in 4 hours, 7 minutes, 19 seconds, which was 16 minutes faster than the next closest competitor.

Slavinski, who races in the 40-44 age group, also claimed the Masters title. In a close race to round out the podium, Stephan Schwarze (Austin, Texas) took second in 4:23:30.24, just edging out Thomas Woods (Lincoln, Neb.), who was also in the 40-44 age group and finished with a time of 4:23:30.64.

Waterstraat (Naperville, Ill.) also had a strong lead on the rest of the women’s field and logged a time of 4:48:16 — 9 minutes ahead of the next closest female finisher and good for the 37th-fastest time overall. Jennifer Harrison (West Dundee, Ill.) grabbed the Masters title, finishing second on the women’s side in 4:57:37, and Monica Robbers (Arlington, Va.) took third, crossing the finish line in 5:03:04.

In addition to earning national titles, the top 20 athletes in each age group (rolling down to 25th place) earned a spot on Team USA for the 2013 ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championships, which will be held in Belfort, France, in June 2013. Visit usatriathlon.org for more information on Team USA.   

The event action continues Sunday with the USA Triathlon Club National Championship, based on finishes in the long course event, as well as aquabike events, a full-distance triathlon and Sunday’s Olympic- and sprint-distance races. National titles will be awarded to clubs in five categories based on size. Results will be posted on usatriathlon.org on Sunday.

2012 USA Triathlon Long Course National Championship, Oklahoma City, Okla.
Long Course Age Group National Champions — Complete Results
Overall Female: Elizabeth Waterstraat (Naperville, Ill.), 4:48:16
Overall Male: Dave Slavinski (Point Pleasant, N.J.), 4:07:20
Masters Female: Jennifer Harrison (West Dundee, Ill.), 4:57:37
Masters Male: Dave Slavinski (Point Pleasant, N.J.), 4:07:20
Grand Masters Female: Lisa Clines (Carrollton, Texas), 5:41:48
Grand Masters Male: Victor Selenow (Buena Vista, Colo.), 5:09:54
Athena: Helen Zurek (Grass Valley, Calif.), 6:02:04
Clydesdale 39 & Under: Andrew Kohl (Plano, Texas), 5:10:18
Clydesdale 40+: Gregg Stephens (Olathe, Kan.), 5:08:45
F19U: Emily Ridgeway (Columbia, Mo.), 5:55:04
M19U: Michael Anderson (Kansas City, Mo.), 5:57:33
F20-24: Katie Colville (Marietta, Ga.), 5:20:44
M20-24: Brandon Zelfer (Rapid City, S.D.), 5:07:23
F25-29: Lauren Olson (Mesa, Ariz.), 5:04:59
M25-29: Eric Eichner (Houston, Texas), 4:24:34
F30-34: Emily Cook (Douglas, Wyo.), 5:15:09
M30-34: Nick Cordes (Lubbock, Texas), 4:23:51
F35-39: Elizabeth Waterstraat (Naperville, Ill.), 4:48:16
M35-39: Mikael Cars (Campbell, Calif.), 4:41:35
F40-44: Jennifer Harrison (West Dundee, Ill.), 4:57:37
M40-44: Dave Slavinski (Point Pleasant, N.J.), 4:07:20
F45-49: Mary Guertin (Monson, Mass.), 5:12:04
M45-49: Stephan Schwarze (Austin, Texas), 4:23:30
F50-54: Debbie Brooks (Oklahoma City, Okla.), 5:12:21
M50-54: Lee Walther (Oklahoma City, Okla.), 4:25:53
F55-59: Lisa Clines (Carrollton, Texas), 5:41:48
M55-59: Ron Gierut (Cedar Rapids, Iowa), 4:31:50
F60-64: Susan Selenow (Buena Vista, Colo.), 7:26:57
M60-64: Victor Selenow (Buena Vista, Colo.), 5:09:54
M65-69: Dennis Geiser (Pittsboro, N.C.), 7:07:37

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