Tuscaloosa, Ala. (EETV) -  The Auburn Club Triathlon team competed in the USA Triathlon Collegiate Club National Championships in Tuscaloosa, Alabama on April 22.

Auburn was one of 120 club teams to compete in Nationals. This was an Olympic-distance race which means the athletes start with a 1500m swim, bike 40k, and then run 9.8 more kilometers.

The Tigers sent seven male and two female racers to Nationals. This was the first Olympic-distance race for most of these athletes.

“I was pretty nervous going into it since it was my first Olympic distance,” said Sophomore Slater Whiston. “Overall I’m very happy with how I raced.”

Whiston finished in the top 50 out of 1196 male competitors in swimming with a time of 20:09.

The club’s Joseph Nease, Jake Fikse and Mack Van Wagnen finished in the top 400.

“I think the team did well overall,” team captain Jake Fikse said. “We all have room to improve but it just allows us to set better goals for the upcoming year”

Auburn is a young team having only one upperclassmen. The team will be looking to use this as a building block heading into next year.

 

Name

Place

Time

Swim

Trans 1

Bike

Trans 2

Run

Joseph Nease

298

2:23:32.36

22.28.56

3:04.64

1:14:16.77

1:18.7

42:23.69

Jake Fikse

348

2:26:15.72

24:10.41

2:44.42

1:10:39.65

0:59.02

47:42.22

Mack Van Wagnen

370

2:27:25.2

 

31:27.92

3:14.89

1:12:56.17

1:18.76

 

38:27.46

Jacob Cupp

419

2:30:38.8

30:34.87

2:27.26

1:12:59.81

0:54.17

43:42.69

Slater Whiston

426

2:30:57.58

20:09.1

2:54.42

1:15:33.21

1:19.44

51:01.41

Zach West

455

2:32:17.32

32:37.28

2:40.27

1:14:27.41

0.43.51

41:48.85

Frances Sledge

788

2:51:39.04

28:03.78

3:34.83

1:16:59.7

1:57.93

59:02.8

James Smith

892

2:58:54.86

41:30.13

3:35.1

1:24:42.18

1:33.12

47:34.33

Meredith Brito

1090

3:21:00.67

31:18.58

3:29.7

1:45:47.43

1:34.00

58:50.96