UofL Triathlon earns team-record berths for USA Triathlon Collegiate Nationals

Mid East Collegiate Triathlon Conference unveiled its allocations for the 2016 USA Triathlon Collegiate Club Nationals. 

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Nick Reader breathes as he swims alongside Rikus Van Zyl at the Ralph R. Wright Natatorium at the University of Louisville. Photo: Abner Miralda

By Abner Miralda

The University of Louisville earned two spots in the men’s draft-legal sprint race after impressive performances by Mike Baird and Nick Reader throughout the fall of 2015. The duo’s consistent top-10 performances were highlighted by Baird’s second place finish at Michigan State. The MECTC only awarded eight spots for the men’s race. The only other team to earn two spots was Miami University of Ohio.

In the women’s draft-legal sprint, UofL was allocated one spot out of the ten available. Emma Coakley put in the lion’s share of the work to earn the slot, consistently posting some of the fastest swim times in the conference for both men and women. Northwestern University and Miami University of Ohio both earned two spots each.

For both the Olympic distance races UofL was granted 1 spot in the day’s opening wave for both men’s and women’s races. This serves as the “wild card” slot for Wave 1 as the top five men’s teams and six women’s teams each get 2 entries each.

In addition, UofL earned one of the eleven team relay spots out of the MECTC. An honor granted only to the top ranked teams in the conference. The team relay consists of two men and two women.

USA Triathlon Collegiate Club Nationals are on April 22nd in Clemson, SC.

 

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