Samantha Camarra, Tony Smoragiewicz Crowned Aquathlon National Champions

By USA Triathlon | Oct. 09, 2016, 1:59 p.m. (ET)

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — Amateur athletes Samantha Camarra and Tony Smoragiewicz captured overall titles on Saturday at the USA Triathlon Aquathlon National Championships, held Cowell Beach.

More than 200 athletes competed on a 1,500-meter swim, 10-kilometer run course, with national titles awarded in 26 age groups. The top 18 finishers in each age group also punched their tickets for the 2017 ITU Aquathlon World Championships, which will be held from Aug. 18-27 in Penticton, British Columbia, as part of the ITU Multisport World Championships Festival.

Camarra (Santa Cruz, Calif.) won the women’s overall title in 1 hour, 2 minutes, 38 seconds in her multisport debut, also winning the women’s 25-29 age group. The former collegiate athlete at the University of Hawaii at Manoa finished 2:30 ahead of Kelly Bishop (Los Altos, Calif.), who won the 16-19 age group and finished second overall in 1:05:09. Elyssa Pedote (San Francisco, Calif.) finished third overall in 1:06:14 to win the women’s 20-24 age group.

“This is my first time doing a swim-run, so I didn’t really know what to expect,” Camarra said. “The water conditions were mellow and everyone was so nice. The run was beautiful. We got to run by the ocean the whole time. Everyone was really supportive on the out and back, cheering and giving each other positive energy. It’s a nice community to be a part of.”

Smoragiewicz (Rapid City, S.D.) won his first Aquathlon Nationals title in 52:00, due in part to his 31:55 10k run split. A collegiate runner at the University of Michigan and a former ITU Junior World Championships bronze medalist, Saturday was the first aquathlon event for Smoragiewicz, who also won the men’s 20-24 age group. Kevin Bishop (Los Altos, Calif.) finished second overall and second in the men’s 20-24 age group in 52:17, and Jack Calhoun (Santa Cruz, Calif.) was third overall and men’s 25-29 champion in 55:42.

“It was a tough race,” Smoragiewicz said. “I kind of expected to come out where I was in the water, and thought I might have an easier run. Kevin was ahead of me and he was pushing me the whole time. I was surprised, all the way down to the last half-mile, we were shoulder-to-shoulder, it was a great race. I still have eligibility left for track at Michigan – indoor and outdoor – but I want to do triathlons once I graduate. The goal this fall is to qualify for my pro card, and then race in some bigger races next summer.”

Four athletes also successful defended their 2015 Aquathlon Nationals age-group titles: Charles Garabedian (30-34, Boulder, Colo.), Sharon Smith (55-59, Austin, Texas), Susan Griffin-Kaklikian (60-64, Castle Rock, Colo.) and Arby Kitzman (75-79, Morro Bay, Calif.).

The final USA Triathlon National Championship titles will be awarded on Nov. 13 in Miami, Florida, where the Long Course Triathlon National Championships and Aquabike National Championships will be held in conjunction with the Miami Man Triathlon.

2016 USA Triathlon Aquathlon National Championships
1,500m swim, 10k run
Age-Group National Champions — Complete Results

Overall Female: Samantha Camarra (Santa Cruz, Calif.), 1:02:38
Overall Male: Tony Smoragiewicz (Rapid City, S.D.), 52:00
F16-19: Kelly Bishop (Los Altos, Calif.), 1:05:09
M16-19: Matthew Maring (Cincinnati, Ohio), 57:51
F20-24: Elyssa Pedote (San Francisco, Calif.), 1:06:14
M20-24: Tony Smoragiewicz (Rapid City, S.D.), 52:00
F25-29: Samantha Camarra (Santa Cruz, Calif.), 1:02:38
M25-29: Jack Calhoun (Santa Cruz, Calif.), 55:42
F30-34: Lindsey Jones (Roanoke, Va.), 1:08:38
M30-34: Charles Garabedian (Boulder, Colo.), 59:24
F35-39: Amanda Meredith-Dunlop (Holladay, Utah), 1:07:54
M35-39: Justin Karpinos (Nashville, Tenn.), 57:00
F40-44: Natalie Sheffield (Los Altos, Calif.), 1:08:13
M40-44: David Moretz (San Francisco, Calif.), 1:02:56
F45-49: Jennifer Bayliss (Danville, Calif.), 1:06:14
M45-49: Marcel Rinzler (Murrieta, Calif.), 56:56
F50-54: Kerry Simmons (Lake Mary, Fla.), 1:07:09
M50-54: Michael Collins (Irvine, Calif.), 59:35
F55-59: Sharon Smith (Austin, Texas), 1:11:23
M55-59: Daniel Wirls (Santa Cruz, Calif.), 1:02:21
F60-64: Susan Griffin-Kaklikian (Castle Rock, Colo.), 1:15:01
M60-64: Bill Reese (Mandeville, La.), 1:06:31
F65-69: Janet Buchanan (Encinitas, Calif.), 1:24:05
M65-69: Kevin Simmons (Lake Mary, Fla.), 1:10:39
F70-74: Carole Mawson (Redwood City, Calif.), 2:07:05
M70-74: Robert Plant (Woodside, Calif.), 1:18:48
M75-79: Arby Kitzman (Morro Bay, Calif.), 1:31:07
F80-84: Barbara Robben (Berkeley, Calif.), 2:27:30

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