U.S. Naval Academy Wins Overall Club Title at USA Triathlon Collegiate Club National Championships

By USA Triathlon | April 29, 2018, 3:52 a.m. (ET)

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The U.S. Naval Academy earned its first overall club title since 2009 on Saturday at the USA Triathlon Collegiate Club National Championships in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. With the win, Navy successfully broke the University of Colorado’s eight-year win streak at Collegiate Club Nationals. The Navy Midshipmen also earned the men’s club title, while the University of California, Berkeley claimed top honors for the women.

All races at the USA Triathlon Collegiate Club National Championships were changed from triathlons (swim-bike-run) to duathlons (run-bike-run) due to strong currents in the Black Warrior River that were deemed unsafe for swimming. The men’s and women’s club standings were determined based on combined results from Friday’s draft-legal sprint races and Saturday’s non-drafting Olympic-distance races. The overall club score was determined based on scoring from those two races in addition to the Mixed Team Relay held Saturday afternoon.

Navy claimed the overall title by a 47-point margin over Colorado, earning 4,411 points to the Buffs’ 4,364. Cal Berkeley claimed the No. 3 spot with 4,299 points, matching its overall standing from 2017.

“It confirms the hard work that we’ve been putting in all year together,” said Navy’s Stephanie Murphy, who was the overall women’s champion in Saturday’s Olympic-distance race. “We knew we definitely had a shot, and that it kind of just came down to who performed on race day.”

In the men’s club standings, Navy took top honors for the second consecutive year with 2,181 points. Colorado was close behind with 2,112, followed by Cal Berkeley with 2,095. Navy’s men were led by Daniel Lloyd, who was the individual champion in Friday’s draft-legal race. 

Cal Berkeley dominated the women’s club results with 2,229 points, highlighted by Hannah Koski’s victory in Friday’s draft-legal race. The whole team showed up for Saturday’s Olympic-distance race, securing the title by placing all four scoring women inside the top 10. The runner-up women’s club was Colorado with 2,156 points, edging third-place Navy by just 10.

The Mixed Team Relay capped off the racing action Saturday afternoon, and Queens University of Charlotte stormed to the win. Colorado took second place, earning valuable points toward the overall club standings, and California Polytechnic State University rounded out the top three. 

“At Collegiate Club Nationals, it’s not about the individual. It’s all about the team, and putting on for your school,” said Jack Felix, who anchored Queens’ mixed relay team to the win. “Being able to represent Queens today the best I could was a blast. We put in all the work every day together, so being able to see all of our hard work pay off is the best feeling.”

Individual combined titles were awarded to the top overall performers of the weekend. Results were determined by combining an individual athlete’s scores from Friday’s draft-legal sprint and Saturday’s Olympic-distance race. The women’s combined award went to Cal’s Koski with 745 points, followed closely by Hannah Grubbs of the University of California, Los Angeles with 738. Navy’s Murphy took third in the women’s combined standings with 715. 

Cal’s Jonathan McKinley earned the men’s combined title with a score of 736. Taking second was Navy’s Lloyd with 735 points, and Cal Poly’s Devin Volk was third with 727. 

For full race recaps, photo gallery, highlight reel and more from the USA Triathlon Collegiate Club National Championships, visit usatriathlon.org/ccnc2018.

2018 USA Triathlon Collegiate Club National Championships — Awards

Draft-Legal Collegiate Club Championships
Complete Results

Women’s Overall

1. Hannah Koski (University of California, Berkeley), 51:36
2. Kaitlyn Kramer (Noth Carolina State University), 51:50
3. Hannah Grubbs (University of California, Los Angeles), 52:02
4. Tereza Zimovjanova (Queens University of Charlotte), 52:19
5. Melissa Mazzo (University of Colorado, Boulder), 52:59

Men’s Overall
1. Daniel Lloyd (U.S. Naval Academy), 44:13
2. Maximillian Sperl (Queens University of Charlotte), 44:13
3. Jonathan McKinely (University of California, Berkeley), 44:14
4. Devin Volk (California Polytechnic State University), 44:16
5. Thomas Sonnery-Cottet (Liberty University), 44:20

Olympic-Distance Collegiate Club Championships
Complete Results

Women’s Overall

1. Stephanie Murphy (U.S. Naval Academy), 1:49:54
2. Toria Sullivan (Georgetown University), 1:50:10
3. Hannah Grubbs (University of California, Los Angeles), 1:50:23
4. Sophia Steffens (University of California, Berkeley), 1:51:12
5. Katherine Hoolihan (University of California, Berkeley), 1:51:56

Men’s Overall
1. Sean Harrington (University of California, Santa Barbara), 1:33:58
2. Roy Madrid (University of Colorado, Boulder), 1:34:18
3. Timothy Winslow (University of Colorado, Boulder), 1:34:46
4. Thomas Sonnery-Cottet (Liberty University), 1:34:51
5. Jonathan McKinley (University of California, Berkeley), 1:35:07

Paratriathlon Open (Sprint-Distance)
Complete Results

1. Ryan Porteus (University of California, Santa Barbara), 1:42:55
2. Ashley Eisenmenger (North Central College) and guide Jennifer Hufnagle, 1:48:41

Mixed Team Relay
Complete Results

1. Queens University of Charlotte, 1:11:58
2. University of Colorado, Boulder, 1:12:13
3. California Polytechnic State University, 1:12:36

Women’s Combined Award
1. Hannah Koski (University of California, Berkeley), 745
2. Hannah Grubbs (University of California, Los Angeles), 738
3. Katherine Hoolihan (University of California, Berkeley), 721

Men’s Combined Award
1. Jonathan McKinley (University of California, Berkeley), 736
2. Daniel Lloyd (U.S. Naval Academy), 735
3. Devin Volk (California Polytechnic State University), 727

Women’s Club Standings
Complete Results

1. University of California, Berkeley, 2,229
2. University of Colorado, Boulder, 2,156
3. U.S. Naval Academy, 2,146

Men’s Club Standings
Complete Results

1. U.S. Naval Academy, 2,181
2. University of Colorado, Boulder, 2,112
3. Queens University of Charlotte, 2,095

Overall Club Standings
Complete Results

1. U.S. Naval Academy, 4,411
2. University of Colorado, Boulder, 4,364
4. University of California, Berkeley, 4,299

Armed Services Team Champions: U.S. Naval Academy
Team Spirit Award: University of Minnesota

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