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USAT Youth Nationals

IMG_1444USAT Nationals was a great race!  10 Team members made the trek to West Chester, Ohio; a rapidly growing city north of Cincinnati.  It was very exciting to watch and compete with the best youth in the sport; from Draft Legal Elite Racing to young seven year olds, the weekend was one to remember.  It was great to see the growing number of Triathlon teams and interact with youth triathletes from different parts of the country.  Our team performed extremely well and each athlete raced extremely well.  We could not be more proud of each one of them.

In the Team Catagory, we placed 3rd out of 38 teams.  Quite an accomplishment for such a young and small team.  The teams that placed 1st and 2nd had teams three to four times our size.  We had three team members with podium finishes; two first place and one third place.  Congratulations Athletes and you have made your city, team, and families proud.

A Video/Slideshow of the weekend can be seen on our Videos page.

Also, the KBTX news article on this weekend is below:

WEST CHESTER, Ohio — More than 400 youth athletes from across the United States enjoyed swimming, biking and running in the sunshine at Voice of America Park on Sunday to close out the USA Triathlon Junior and Youth National Championship weekend.

Trinity Multisport, a newly formed youth triathlon team based out of College Station, placed Third overall in the Team Competition. “Our kids have worked extremely hard all summer and it’s a great honor to be recognized on a national level,” said Texas A&M Ph.D student, Dustin Joubert. Dustin is a member of the Texas A&M Triathlon team and the Running and Cycling Coach for Trinity Multisport.

Abby Ross, a 9-year old College Station 4th grader, won the USA Triathlon Youth National Championship in her age group, Sunday in West Chester, Ohio. “Abby is talented young athlete and her dedication and desire led her to a victorious win today in a highly competitive field,” Said Ricardo Nava, Swimming Coach for Trinity Multisport.

Christiano Migliaccio, a 7-year old College Station 2nd grader, placed 3rd in his age group and Monica Lopez-Aguirre, an 8-year old from The Woodlands, also placed 1st in her age group. Their events consisted of a 100 meter open water swim, a 3 mile bike, and a 1K run.

“All of our Team Members who competed did extremely well and contributed to our team placement. We placed much higher than larger and more established teams and the award highlights the strength of our young team. We are very proud of all of them,” said Team Director Louie Migliaccio.

The 13-15-year-olds began the youth age group races at 10:20 a.m. with a 200-meter swim, 10-kilometer bike and 2-kilometer run, followed by the 11-12-year-olds. The athletes in the 7-10 age groups completed a 100m swim, 5k bike, 1k run. Club awards were also presented following the races.

“It was hard, but it was a good course,” said Kieran Devere (13-15, Madera, Calif.), who has been doing triathlons since she was five and won her age group. “The best part was just being out there and racing.”

Many of the athletes thought the best part of the day was just having fun doing sports they enjoyed, like Kira Weil (11-12, Hamilton, Ohio). “I love sports and I love running,” she said, adding that she liked racing against so many other athletes because it provided a better challenge.

“There are so many good people, it’s hard to win,” said 7-year-old Vole Spring (Boulder, Colo.), who finished second in his age group. “The bike was very short but I just pushed as hard as I could. I did my best.”

The championship aspect was a big draw for athletes near and far. “The atmosphere and the fact that it’s a national championship (made it exciting),” said Jack Franko (13-15, Richmond, Va.).

“I felt really good. I felt really strong the whole time, so I am happy,” Alexandra Morgan (11-12, Glenview, Ill.) “You’re here with all the national champions and it’s nice to know that you’re here and you’re doing it. Afterward you feel so proud of yourself.”

In all, nearly 700 triathletes comprised a record field for the event weekend, held in West Chester for the first time.

“West Chester is a great location for this event,” said Jeff Dyrek, USA Triathlon’s National Events Director. “We’ve had great support from the community and all of the groups we’ve been working with. The athletes, their parents, the spectators and coaches have helped us make this event a success.”

At the end of the day, athletes had a lot to celebrate after crossing the finish line. “It felt tough but I feel really nice now and I feel proud that I finished well,” said Jennifer Mettler (9, Chanhassen, Minn.). She summed up the event perfectly, saying, “You get a medal and you get yourself nice fitness and most of all, it’s really fun.”

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