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USA Triathlon Collegiate Nationals Head Back to Tempe, Ariz., in One Month
Three events to showcase nation’s top collegiate triathletes
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Collegiate triathletes from around the United States will assemble once again in Tempe, Ariz., the home of Arizona State University, for the April 4-5 USA Triathlon Collegiate National Championships, centered at Tempe Beach Park and Tempe Town Lake.
The action begins Friday, April 4, at 9 a.m. PT with the second annual USA Triathlon Draft-Legal Collegiate Championships. The event features draft-legal sprint triathlon covering a 750-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike, 5-kilometer run course, similar to the format contested in International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Triathlon Series and World Cup events. The event is open to 75 men and 75 women who qualified for spots through their clubs and each of USA Triathlon’s 10 collegiate conferences.
On Saturday, April 5, the traditional Olympic-distance (1,500m swim, 36k bike, 10k run) USA Triathlon Collegiate National Championships will begin with the women at 7:30 a.m. PT. The men will follow with a start scheduled at 10:30 a.m. PT. The field is capped at 1,400 participants.
The Mixed Team Relay will also be contested on April 5 and is set to begin at 4:05 p.m. PT. Up to 50 four-person teams will consist of two men and two women, with each athlete covering a 250m swim, 5k bike, 1.2k run course. In its third year, the mixed team relay has been met with rave reviews and is gaining popularity in the U.S. and worldwide as the ITU pushes for the format to be a possible addition to the program at future Olympic Games.
Qualified athletes will be able to compete in both the draft-legal and Olympic-distance Collegiate National Championship events, and both races will count toward the overall team scores, which will be announced at the award ceremony, which is scheduled for 8 p.m. PT at Tempe Marketplace.
The University of Colorado enters 2014 Collegiate Nationals as the four-time defending overall team champion, edging out the University of California, Berkeley by two points. The Buffs also captured the men’s team title a year ago in Tempe, while California claimed the victory in the women’s team event.
The Arizona State University Triathlon Club finished 21st in the overall team standings last year, while the University of Arizona TriCats Triathlon Club placed fifth. Arizona’s Ben Kanute swept the men’s individual events in 2013, posting the fastest times of the weekend in the draft-legal sprint and the Olympic-distance championship, as well as the fastest individual split in the Mixed Team Relay.
Visit usatriathlon.org/usatcn14 for complete Collegiate Nationals information.
About USA Triathlon
Founded in 1982, USA Triathlon is proud to serve as the National Governing Body for triathlon – the fastest growing sport in the U.S. Olympic Movement – as well as duathlon, aquathlon, aquabike, winter triathlon, off-road triathlon and paratriathlon in the United States. USA Triathlon sanctions more than 4,300 races and connects with more than 550,000 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 International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Championships, Pan American Games and the Olympic and Paralympic Games. USA Triathlon is a proud member of the ITU and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).