USA Triathlon Weekend Notebook: March 17-18 and Early Season Wrap-Up

By Caryn Maconi | March 20, 2018, 10:54 a.m. (ET)

U.S. elite triathletes had a strong start to the 2018 season, racking up several IRONMAN, IRONMAN 70.3 and CAMTRI American Cup podiums in addition to starting the ITU World Cup and World Triathlon Series circuits with a bang. Catch up on these top early-season performances and take a look at last weekend’s highlights with the first 2018 edition of Weekend Notebook.

2018 Early Season Wrap-Up

Cape Town ITU Triathlon World Cup

Chelsea Burns (Seattle, Wash.) represented the U.S. women at the ITU World Cup season debut in Cape Town, South Africa, on Feb. 11. Burns placed seventh, covering the sprint-distance course in 59 minutes, 52 seconds. Great Britain’s Vicky Holland (58:18) and Non Stanford (58:52) took first and second place, respectively, while the bronze went to Hungary’s Zsanett Bragmayer (59:07).

In the men’s race, Robby Webster (Tacoma, Wash.) recorded a 43rd-place finish in 57:35. South Africa’s Richard Murray took home the win in 52:15, followed by his compatriot Henri Schoeman in 52:39 and Austria’s Lukas Pertl in 52:49.

CAPE TOWN ITU WORLD CUP 2018 ————— Gave it one hell of an effort today here in Cape Town and fell a little bit short of my goals on the day. Which is disappointing. But since September of 2016 I’ve completed 99% of my training alone and without a coach. It’s something I’ve never really wanted to talk about, because it was a situation I didn’t really want to be in. But as the person with a never-quit attitude I am, I worked to develop my own programming, through trial and error mostly, and in the process re-evaluated why I do this sport and choose to live this life. It hasn’t been easy, in fact far from it. And so while I fell short of my goal on the day, I have to take a step back and can’t help to be a little bit proud on the day too. Proud that I motivated myself for a year and a half to pull myself out of bed to complete triples almost everyday, to have kept learning more about sport,coaching and the human anatomy, to rework my swim without a coach/squad, and to make some quality partnerships with brands that believe in me as much or more than I believe in them. While the fairy tale result is always the goal, at the end of the day I’m proud of how far I’ve come, and the fact that I can take 100% ownership for taking my own path. I only mention all this because big changes are on the horizon regarding my attack to becoming the best swim-bike-runner I can be. So stay tuned! ————— As always I thank my parents for all their love and unwavering support throughout this process, to my awesome sponsors @teamusana @gerardcycles @zone3us & @justwetsuits , and of course a big thanks to you for following along this multisport journey of mine. Onward and upward! 📷: @vivianes_logbooklet

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For complete results from the Cape Town ITU Triathlon World Cup, visit triathlon.org.

Bridgetown CAMTRI Sprint Triathlon American Cup

USA Triathlon Collegiate Recruitment Program athletes Sophie Chase (Carlsbad, Calif.) and Mary Alex England (Carlsbad, Calif.) took first and third place, respectively, at the Bridgetown CAMTRI Sprint Triathlon American Cup in Barbados on Feb. 18. Chase claimed the win on the sprint-distance course in 1:04:07. She was followed just a second later by Canada’s Dominika Jamnicky, and England rounded out the podium in 1:04:36. Also competing for the U.S. were Sarah Alexander (Shaker Heights, Ohio, 4th), Ellie Abrahamson (Carlsbad, Calif., 5th) and Megan Foley (Salt Lake City, Utah, 6th).

Michael Arishita (Boerne, Texas) was the top U.S. finisher in the men’s race, taking fourth in 58:28. Canada’s John Rasmussen claimed the victory in 57:50, followed by Jason Wilson of Barbados in 58:06 and Charles Paquet of Canada in 58:18. Also competing for the U.S. men was Kevin Bishop (Stanford, Calif.), who took 10th in 1:02:49.

For complete results from the Bridgetown CAMTRI Sprint Triathlon American Cup, visit triathlon.org.

Habana CAMTRI Triathlon American Cup

Megan Foley (Salt Lake City, Utah), Sonja Kent (West Boylston, Mass.) and Caroline Shannon (Scarsdale, N.Y.) earned top-10 finishes at the Habana CAMTRI Triathlon American Cup in Habana, Cuba, on Feb. 25. Germany’s Anabel Knoll broke the tape on the Olympic-distance course with a time of 2:06:07. Cuba’s Leslie Amat Alvarez took second in 2:06:44 and Brazil’s Vittoria Lopes claiming third in 2:07:37. Foley crossed the line fourth in 2:08:05, followed by Kent in fifth in 2:09:37. Shannon’s 2:14:41 was good for seventh place.

In the men’s race, Collin Chartier (Fairfax, Va.) placed sixth with a time of 1:52:11, and Spencer Ralston (Hebron, Conn.) was 14th in 1:56:19. Two Portuguese athletes went 1-2, with Alexandre Nobre taking the win in 1:50:23 and Miguel Arraiolos coming in second in 1:50:24. Taking third was John Rasmussen of Canada in 1:50:40.

For complete results from the Habana CAMTRI Triathlon American Cup, visit triathlon.org.

IRONMAN New Zealand

Jocelyn McCauley placed third at IRONMAN New Zealand in Taupo, New Zealand, on March 3. McCauley covered the 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and 26.2-mile run in 9:12:52. Great Britain’s Laura Siddall claimed the top spot in 9:00:45, and New Zealand’s Teresa Adam was second in 9:05:36. Also competing for the U.S. was Caroline Gregory (Portland, Ore.), who was 12th in the pro field with a time of 10:31:30.

In the men’s race, Sam Long (Boulder, Colo.) and Jim Lubinski (Pacific Palisades, Calif.) placed ninth (8:40:43) and 13th (9:02:00) respectively. New Zealand’s Terenzo Bozzone was the champion in 7:59:57, followed by runner-up Joe Skipper of Great Britain (8:05:33) and third-place-finisher Cameron Brown of New Zealand (8:07:10).

For complete results from IRONMAN New Zealand, visit IRONMAN.com.

ITU World Triathlon Abu Dhabi

Kirsten Kasper (North Andover, Mass.) placed fourth in a photo-finish at ITU World Triathlon Abu Dhabi on March 2, leading the U.S. effort in a dramatic and challenging World Triathlon Series opener. The sprint-distance course was held on Yas Island, with much of the race taking place on the Yas Marina Formula One Circuit.

Rachel Klamer of the Netherlands earned her first career WTS victory in the women’s race, breaking the tape with a time of 1:00:43. She was followed by Great Britain’s Jessica Learmonth in second in 1:00:57. The battle for bronze ended in an all-out sprint, with Australia’s Natalie Van Coevorden just barely edging Kasper, 1:01:00 to 1:01:01. Also racing for the U.S. on Friday were Chelsea Burns (Seattle, Wash.) and Taylor Spivey (Redondo Beach, Calif.), who finished 18th and 19th respectively in 1:02:34 and 1:02:43.

In the men’s race, South Africa's Henri Schoeman was victorious in 57:03. Spain’s two-time world champion Mario Mola claimed silver in 57:09, while Vincent Luis of France rounded out the podium in 57:25. Ben Kanute (Phoenix, Ariz.) placed 19th in 58:30, while Tony Smoragiewicz (Rapid City, S.D.) took 42nd in 1:00:04.

For complete results from ITU World Triathlon Abu Dhabi, visit triathlon.org.

Clermont CAMTRI Sprint Triathlon American Cup

Erika Ackerlund (Missoula, Mont.) was victorious at the Clermont CAMTRI Sprint Triathlon American Cup in Florida on March 3, covering the sprint-distance course in 1:02:47. Zsófia Kovacs of Hungary earned silver in 1:02:48, and Mary Alex England (Carlsbad, Calif.) took bronze in 1:02:52. Ellie Abrahamson (Carlsbad, Calif.) and Kyleigh Spearing (Frankfort, Ill.) also raced well, taking fourth and fifth respectively in 1:03:06 and 1:03:17.

Eli Hemming (Kiowa, Colo.) came away with the win in the men’s race, breaking the tape with a time of 54:18. Alexis Lepage of Canada was the runner-up in 54:30, and Seth Rider (Germantown, Tenn.) took third in 54:31. Rounding out the top five were William Huffman (Colleyville, Texas) in 54:34 and Taylor Forbes of Canada in 54:47.

For complete results from the Clermont CAMTRI Sprint Triathlon American Cup, visit triathlon.org.

Sarasota-Bradenton CAMTRI Sprint Triathlon American Cup, North American Championships and Paratriathlon American Championships

U.S. junior, U23 and elite triathletes, elite paratriathletes and relay teams competed at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota, Florida, from March 10-11.

The podiums in each event are as follows:

Elite Men
1. Eli Hemming (Kiowa, Colo.), 51:22
2. Ben Kanute (Phoenix, Ariz.), 51:36
3. Jason West (Boulder, Colo.), 51:39

Elite Women
1. Sophie Chase (Carlsbad, Calif.), 58:43
2. Erika Ackerlund (Missoula, Mont.), 58:51
3. Zsófia Kovacs (HUN), 59:03

U23 Men
1. Eli Hemming (Kiowa, Colo.), 51:22
2. Charles Paquet (CAN), 52:04
3. Seth Rider (Germantown, Tenn.), 52:07

U23 Women
1. Erika Ackerlund (Missoula, Mont.), 58:51
2. Kyleigh Spearing (Frankfort, Ill.), 59:36
3. Tereza Zimovjanova (CZE), 1:00:18

Junior Men
1. Andrew Shellenberger (Indianapolis, Ind.), 54:54
2. Tate Haugan (CAN), 55:02
3. Félix Plourde-Couture (CAN), 55:10

Junior Women
1. Cecilia Sayuri Ramirez Alavez (MEX), 58:58
2. Gillian Cridge (Indianapolis, Ind.), 59:13
3. Audrey Ernst (South Elgin, Ill.), 59:49

4xMixed Relay
1. Team I United States, 1:19:31
2. Team II Canada, 1:22:16
3. Team I ITU (1:18:53)

Paratriathlon PTWC Men
1. Fernando Aranha (BRA), 1:02:04
2. Zach Young (Jackson, Miss.), 1:15:54
3. Howie Sanborn (Denver, Colo.), 1:16:04

Paratriathlon PTWC Women
1. Ahalya Lettenberger (Glen Ellyn, Ill.), 1:14:04
2. Mary Kate Callahan (Chicago, Ill.), 1:23:09
3. Brenda Osnaya Alvarez (MEX), 1:27:41

Paratriathlon PTS2 Men
1. Mark Barr (Houston, Texas), 1:04:24
2. Allan Armstrong (Colorado Springs, Colo.), 1:07:35
3. Mohamed Lahna (Elk Grove, Calif.), 1:08:09

Paratriathlon PTS2 Women
1. Hailey Danz (Chicago, Ill.), 1:16:39
2. Melissa Stockwell (Chicago, Ill.), 1:19:07

Paratriathlon PTS4 Men
1. Jamie Brown (Bend, Ore.), 59:42
2. Jorge Luis Fonseca (BRA), 1:02:50
3. Joel Rosinbum (Austin, Texas), 1:06:25

Paratriathlon PTS4 Women
1. Andrea Walton (Washington, D.C.), 1:29:05

Paratriathlon PTS5 Men
1. Chris Hammer (Salt Lake City, Utah), 57:17
2. Juan Carlos Cano Espinoza (MEX), 57:27
3. José Abraham Estrada Sierra (MEX), 57:46

Paratriathlon PTS5 Women 
1. Grace Norman (Jamestown, Ohio), 1:03:29
2. Kamylle Frenette (CAN), 1:06:42

Paratriathlon PTVI Men
1. Aaron Scheidies (Seattle, Wash.), 59:51
2. Jon Dunkerley (CAN), 1:03:01
3. Brad Snyder (Baltimore, Md.), 1:04:25

Paratriathlon PTVI Women
1. Jessica Tuomela (CAN), 1:08:19
2. Elizabeth Baker (Signal Mountain, Tenn.), 1:08:41
3. Amy Dixon (Encinitas, Calif.), 1:09:37

This #medalmonday is really special. I’ve never been so pleased to take a bronze medal in a race. Yes, would Gold have been preferred? Sure. But there’s a lot more that happened this weekend that went according to plan and beyond my expectations. 16 weeks ago i was hospitalized for complications from hernia surgery and pneumonia. It took me two weeks before i could even walk out of my apartment or go to the bathroom unattended. 7 weeks ago i had my 20th eye procedure to save my sight and underwent immunosuppressive therapy. My goal for this race? To make a @usatriathlon National Team standard. A big task. That’s top 3 finishers and within 2% of the winners time. CHECK✅ the other? To do exactly what my new coach told me for pacing- Control, build, Go on each lap. ✅ and finally? To make guide @kirsten_sass ‘ father, Volker Winkler proud by racing hard and finishing every lap with a smile. ✅✅✅ the bonus? I have raced this course now four times. Despite losing months to surgery and illness, We managed to beat all but 3 of the men (out of 70 athletes racing) on the bike course. I also had my second fastest run on the course by 5 seconds and tied my fastest swim. Finally? Moving up the @worldtriathlon rankings to number FOUR in the world behind three blind women whom I adore. I’m so happy with @coachjimvance ‘s plan and look at this medal and race as a stepping stone to bigger and better race execution this season. It’s true what they say. “Focus on the process, and not the result. The latter will follow.” Here’s to executing great processes and continued healing in 2018 to TOKYO! Surgery number 21 on Thursday on my eyes, but a quick recovery then it’s off to Japan next! #blindchick #roadtotokyo #swimbikerun #teamusa #workworks #processfocused #mettleformedals @rokasports @rokaoptics @dixiedevilsport @athleta @tailwindnutrition @wahoofitnessofficial

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Click here for complete results from the Sarasota-Bradenton CAMTRI Sprint Triathlon American Cup and North American Championships, and here for the complete results from the Paratriathlon American Championships.

Mooloolaba ITU Triathlon World Cup

Kirsten Kasper (North Andover, Mass.) claimed silver at an ITU Triathlon World Cup stop in Mooloolaba, Australia, on March 10, while Matt McElroy (Huntington Beach, Calif.) earned bronze. Australia’s Emma Jeffcoat took the win in the women’s race, covering the sprint-distance course in 59:35. Kasper was just 16 seconds behind, grabbing the runner-up spot in 59:51, and Italy’s Angelica Olmo took third in 1:00:000. Tamara Forman (Rapid City, S.D.) and Chelsea Sodaro (Poway, Calif.) also competed for the U.S. women, taking seventh (1:00:29) and 21st (1:03:52) respectively.

In the men’s race, McElroy crossed the line third with a time of 53:17. South Africa’s Richard Murray was the winner in 53:09, and Australia’s Matthew Hauser claimed the silver in 53:13. Morgan Pearson (Boulder, Colo.) also had an impressive race, placing seventh in his ITU World Cup debut in 53:42. Kevin McDowell (Phoenix, Ariz.) and Tony Smoragiewicz (Rapid City, S.D.) took 10th and 17th respectively in 53:52 and 54:21.

For complete results from the Mooloolaba ITU Triathlon World Cup, visit triathlon.org.

IRONMAN 70.3 Bariloche

Alicia Kaye (Clermont, Fla.) took the win in the women’s pro race at IRONMAN 70.3 Bariloche in Argentina on March 11, covering the 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike and 13.1-mile run in 4:42:33. Brazil’s Pamella Oliviera was second in 4:43:29, and Dede Greisbauer (Boulder, Colo.) took third in 4:45:49. Romina Palacio Balena of Argentina took the fourth spot in 4:52:58, while Adelaide Perr (Boulder, Colo.) rounded out the top five in 5:11:20.

In the men’s pro race, Kennett Peterson (Boulder, Colo.) recorded a third-place finish and TJ Tollakson (Des Moines, Iowa) was fourth. Peterson covered the course in 4:04:12, less than six minutes behind champion Terenzo Bozzone of New Zealand (3:58:57). Igor Amorelli of Brazil was the runner-up in 4:02:36, and Tollakson’s 4:04:29 was good enough for fourth.

For complete results from IRONMAN 70.3 Bariloche, visit IRONMAN.com.

Weekend Notebook: March 17-18

IRONMAN 70.3 Taiwan

Lelsey Smith (Boulder, Colo.) raced to a second-place finish at IRONMAN 70.3 Taiwan on March 18, with a time of 4:22:36. She was just over a minute back from Poland’s Agnieszka Jerzyk, who took the win in 4:21:21. Two Australians, Laura Dennis is Kirralee Seidel, took third and fourth in 4:24:28 and 4:26:31 respectively. Erin Green (Boise, Idaho) rounded out the top five, crossing the line in 4:32:42.

Andy Potts (Colorado Springs, Colo.) was the sole U.S. athlete in the men’s pro race, taking fourth with a time of 3:55:01. Canada’s Cody Beals (3:46:39), Portugal’s Filipe Azevedo (3:52:53) and Australia’s Tim Berkel (3:53:35) took the top three spots respectively.

Knocked out the first race of the 2018 season yesterday at Ironman Taiwan 70.3! 🥈place was what I had in me and am thankful to take away many positives from the experience.. including one of my favorite challenges: a nice and toasty run 🔥. On the bike course it was hard to keep it aero and not take in this beautiful island 🌴🇹🇼, and I could have stayed in that swim venue all day. A thank you to @bliiq_us for their hospitality and support here on their home turf + as always to my coach @coachtilburs for his guidance and support. And HUGE congrats to travel // sponsor buddy @cody.beals for the WIN on the men's side .. as well as to everyone who completed the race. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 #im703taiwan #triathlon #swimbikerun

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For complete results from IRONMAN 70.3 Taiwan, visit IRONMAN.com.

IRONMAN 70.3 Campeche

Lauren Brandon (Dallas, Texas) was the runner-up at IRONMAN 70.3 Campeche in Mexico on March 18, while Linsey Corbin (Bend, Ore.) finished fourth. Canada’s Heather Wurtele took the win in 4:17:23, and Brandon came through less than 10 minutes later in 4:26:48. Angela Naeth, also of Canada, claimed the third spot on the podium in 4:27:39, and Corbin was not far behind to take fourth in 4:28:44. Laura Mathews (Memphis, Tenn.), Danielle Dingman (Branson, Mo.) and Kyra Wiens (Tacoma, Wash.) also raced well, placing sixth, seventh and eighth respectively.

Climbing my @trekbikes out of T1 at yesterday’s Ironman 70.3 Campeche en route to a 4th place finish. I think I maaaaybee left my bike legs at training camp as I was a bit “meh” out there, but you gotta pay to play, right?! 😜 // I can’t speak highly enough about the Campeche race. Really charming town, beautiful swim venue, challenging & safe bike course, spectator friendly run that was lined with support. 👍🏼// Congrats to everyone that raced this weekend! 🤗 // Thanks to my all-⭐️ support network that has me dialed for an incredible 2018 race season. Lots of 😘 to @corbinbrands for being the world’s best race sherpa. // #im703campeche #ironmantri #professionaltriathlete #trekbikes #trekspeedconcept #saucony #clifbar #roka #bettydesigns #raceseason #letsdothis #mondaymotivation #hivis #neonbaby #mexico #triathlon //

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In the men’s race, Rodolphe Von Berg (Boulder, Colo.) claimed third place in 3:54:21. Terenzo Bozzone of New Zealad was the champion with a time of 3:49:40, followed by Austria’s Michael Weiss in 3:50:40. Von Berg came across the line in 3:54:21 for fourth place, and Mexico’s Alan Carrillo took fourth in 3:55:53. Rounding out the top five was Matt Hanson (Storm Lake, Iowa), who finished in 3:56:08.

For complete results from IRONMAN 70.3 Campeche, visit IRONMAN.com.

Triathlon Australia Mixed Relay Invitational

Several U.S. athletes competed at the Triathlon Australia Mixed Relay Invitational in Runaway Bay, Queensland, from March 17-18. Sixteen teams, 10 from Australia and six international teams, took part in the action.

Teams were composed of two men and two women, with each athlete completing a full super-sprint triathlon of a 300-meter swim, 8-kilometer bike and 1600-meter run before tagging off to the next teammate. Two qualification rounds were held on Saturday, with the first two teams across the line and the two next-best times in each round qualifying for Sunday’s finals. The remaining teams competed in a repechage on Sunday morning, where an additional two teams qualified through to the A final and the remaining teams contested the B final on Sunday afternoon.

In the A final, Team USA/Canada claimed the victory. The team, composed of Tamara Gorman (Rapid City, S.D.), Tony Smoragiewicz (Rapid City, S.D.) and Amelie Kretz and Matthew Sharpe of Canada, completed the race with a combined time of 1:28:11.

Team USA took second place, composed of Kevin McDowell (Phoenix, Ariz.), Morgan Pearson (Boulder, Colo.), Kirsten Kasper (North Andover, Mass.) and Chelsea Burns (Seattle, Wash.) Their combined time of 1:28:17 was just six seconds back from the winners. Team Australia 2, composed of Ryan Bailie, Daniel Coleman, Gillian Backhouse and Ashleigh Gentle, rounded out the podium with a total time of 1:29:17.

For complete results from the Triathlon Australia Mixed Relay Invitational, visit triathlon.org.au.