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July 14, 2016 Michael Harlow

We could not be more proud of all of our athletes that raced this weekend! Being able to experience the joy of an athlete succeeding in their goals is what inspires us to do what we do. This weekend was an overwhelming success with athletes reaching goals all over the country. We had athletes race the REV3 Williamsburg Olympics/Half Triathlons, the USAT Iowa Youth/Junior Elite Cup, Ironman Muskoka 70.3 and the Tri-Span 10k.

The REV3 Williamsburg races were on a complete different course this year in a great venue. With temperatures in the 90s it made for tough conditions to race through but our athletes handling the heat very well. We had 22 personal best times between both races!!! In the Olympic, Megan Merryman was 1st overall mature female with a huge PR and over 6 minute lead on second beating many of the professional triathletes in the race. Julie Patterson was the 4th professional female. Freddie Shashaty(PR) and Richard Tangard both placed 1st in their age groups. Donna Norris(PR) was 2nd in her age group. Coach Andrew(PR), Kelly Britt(PR), Tina Shriver(PR) were all 3rd in their age groups. John Caldwell(PR) was 4th in his age group. Coach Margaret(PR), Scott Evans(PR) and Eric Glymph were all 5th in their age groups. Brad Johnson was 2nd Clydesdale. Nancy Faux and Coach Parker had a great relay together! Emily Hayworth(PR), Matt Myers(PR), Sarah Look(PR), Erika Jurkowsi(PR) and Rich Taylor(PR) all had great races!
In the Half, Cheryl Shaw(PR) won her age group. Glenn Young was 3rd in his age group. Mike Devlin(PR) was 3rd Clydesdale. Jacqueline Bethel(PR) was 2nd Military female. Andrea Bovo(PR), Jack Martin(PR), Scott Dixon(PR), David Fouse, Greg Mathe(PR) Brian Lilley(PR) had a great race. Lenora Mariner had a great bike leg in a relay with a PR for the bike distance!

Another strong weekend for our High Performance Team at the final junior elite race before nationals. Carson Everman raced the junior elite female race finishing 44th with a strong race despite a shoulder injury earlier in the week. In the junior elite male race, brothers Alex and Stephen Tan had strong races finishing 44th and 47th respectively. In the youth elite female race, Meghan Buchannan led the way finishing 9th followed by Bridgette Kim in 21st. In the youth elite female race, Justin Free finished a strong 16th followed by Nick Pilgrim in 24th also with a strong race.

At the Colonial Beach Sprint, EF athletes took 2 of the 3 overall podium slots on both the men and women’s side! Coach Michael took 2nd overall followed by Matthew Piper in 3rd on the men’s side. 14 year old Hannah Ye took the overall win followed by Abigail Church in 3rd with only 8 seconds separating the top 3 overall women. Callie Hammer also won the aquabike division overall. Coleson Lindsey, Bill Deaton, Chloe Ramirez, and Kaitlyn Yasnowsky all won their age groups while Gabe Palmer Julie Julian, Alex cancado and Marisa Ruotolo took 2nd in theirs. Strong races also from John Clarke and Meredith Walsh with both finishing 5th in their age groups. Shannon Baird also had a great race.

Pace Palmer was 1st in his age group at the Colonial Beach Olympic.

Kieran Haug raced the Pat Griskus Sprint Triathlon with an 11th place overall and 1st place age group finish.

At Ironman Muskoka 70.3, Travis Fehr finished 3rd in his age group and qualified for the Ironman 70.3 World Championships next year. Ashley Gibbs and Rachel Myers both had strong races.

Samone Franzese was 2nd overall female at the Tri-Span 10k.

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