Rapid City Standouts Gorman, Smoragiewicz Earn Junior Triathlete of the Year Honors

By USA Triathlon | Feb. 25, 2014, 12 a.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — USA Triathlon today recognized Tamara Gorman and Tony Smoragiewicz, Junior Elite triathlon phenoms from Rapid City, S.D., as the 2013 Junior Triathletes of the Year.

USA Triathlon will announce its 2013 Duathlon, Triathlon, Off-Road and Elite Athletes of the Year later this week.

Tamara Gorman (Janos Schmidt/ITU)
Gorman made history again in 2013 when she became the first Junior American woman to finish at the top of the podium at the ITU Junior World Championships, bettering her bronze-medal position from the 2012 event. She also earned victories at the USA Triathlon Junior Elite National Championships and the Pan American Junior Championships. This is the second consecutive year that Gorman has been named USA Triathlon’s Junior Athlete of the Year.

“Tamara’s win at Junior Worlds was the pinnacle of a remarkable season,” said Steve Kelley, USA Triathlon Junior/U23 Program Manager. “At every level of competition she improved, and she handled the mounting pressures with a level head and grace. It’s a testament to her awesome support team, her parents and coach Jenny Weber.”

Smoragiewicz, a runner at the University of Michigan, claimed his first national title at the USA Triathlon Junior Elite National Championships in 2013. Like Gorman, Smoragiewicz also claimed the win at the Pan American Junior Championships, and he demonstrated his run prowess in London at the ITU Junior World Championships, where he logged the fourth fastest run split in the field of more than 70 junior men.

“Tony worked very hard this year to balance his obligations as a runner at Michigan and his goals for his final year as a junior,” Kelley said. “His victory in Brazil at the PATCO Junior Championships showed his competitive drive. I’m eager to see him make the transition to the U23 ranks over the next couple of years. He has a lot of untapped potential.” 

Gorman and Smoragiewicz also earned recognition on USA Triathlon’s list of Junior Elite and Youth Elite All-Americans. The honor goes to the top up-and-coming triathletes in the United States and is based on their final national ranking and performance in top junior and youth draft-legal events.

2013 USA Triathlon Junior Triathletes of the Year
Tamara Gorman (Rapid City, S.D.)
Tony Smoragiewicz (Rapid City, S.D.)

2013 USA Triathlon Male Junior Elite All-Americans (ages 16-19)
Hunter Honeycutt (Tifton, Ga.)
Tony Smoragiewicz (Rapid City, S.D.)
Eli Hemming (Kiowa, Colo.)
(HM) Brent Demarest (Charleston, S.C.)
(HM) Tony Morales (Lexington, S.C.)
(HM) Seth Rider (Germantown, Tenn.)

2013 USA Triathlon Female Junior Elite All-Americans (ages 16-19)
Tamara Gorman (Rapid City, S.D.)
Stephanie Jenks (Aurora, Iowa)
Devon Dabney (Atlanta, Ga.)
(HM) Hannah Rae Finchamp (Altadena, Calif.)
(HM) Victoria Clinton (Elburn, Ill.)
(HM) Malia Ellington (Davidson, N.C.)

2013 USA Triathlon Male Youth Elite All-Americans (ages 13-15)
Austin Hindman (Wildwood, Mo.)
Darr Smith (Atlanta, Ga.)
Alex Hernandez (Gulf Breeze, Fla.)
(HM) Josh Rinderknecht (Des Moines, Iowa)
(HM) Cooper Langanis (Cary, Ill.)
(HM) Benjamin Dingman (Colorado Springs, Colo.)

2013 USA Triathlon Female Youth Elite All-Americans (ages 13-15)
Kyleigh Spearing (Frankfort, Ill.)
Grace Obando (Herndon, Va.)
Katie Patrick (Sioux Falls, S.D.)
Audrey Ernst (South Elgin, Ill.)
(HM) Emily Hughes (Brentwood, Tenn.)
(HM) Gina Johnson (Park Ridge, Ill.)

HM – honorable mention 

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