April 21, 2008, 1 a.m. (ET)
Following are the results of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Triathlon, which were not included in the April 21 edition of Olympic Sports Scene released earlier today. Matt Reed (Boulder, Colo.) and Julie Swail Ertel (Irvine, Calif.) simply could not be denied in earning their first Olympic berths in triathlon with wins at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Saturday. The pair joined Beijing-bound Jarrod Shoemaker and Laura Bennett, who qualified for the team at the first qualifier last September. Ertel was a silver medalist in water polo at the 2000 Olympic Games, and has now earned a spot on a second Olympic Team. For Reed, it was a refreshing cap to a busy four months, which included the birth of his second child and his gaining U.S. citizenship. The native of New Zealand took advantage of the small 10-man field, using a strong last lap of the bike to put 25 seconds between himself and Olympians Hunter Kemper (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Andy Potts (Colorado Springs, Colo.) as well as Brian Fleischmann (Colorado Springs, Colo.). In the process of gaining U.S. citizenship since 2004, he will now compete against his brother, Shane, who qualified to compete for New Zealand just last month. With two out of three slots determined for both the men and the women, all eyes are on Des Moines, Iowa and the Hy-Vee Triathlon on June 22, where the final team members will be selected based on the best two finishes in the three-race selection process. For the women, the scenario is simple: if Sarah Groff (Boulder, Colo.) is the top American at Hy-Vee, she earns the slot. If she isn't the top American, that final slot goes to Sarah Haskins (Colorado Springs, Colo.). With an international field, including Ertel and Bennett, competing in Des Moines, Groff has her work cut out for her. On the men's side it gets a bit more complicated, as Potts and Kemper each have second- and third-place results in the first two events. Whoever comes out ahead in Des Moines earns the slot. However, either Fleischmann or Doug Friman (Tucson, Calif.) could get that spot with a win in Des Moines, provided both Potts and Kemper finish third or lower among the American competitors.
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