Women's overall national champion Carla Moreno.
MIAMI, Fla. — The USA Triathlon Multisport National Championships kicked off Saturday in Miami, as more than 250 of the nation’s best swim-run athletes competed for aquathlon national titles. Gregory Harper (Walnut Creek, Calif.) and Carla Moreno (Plantation, Fla.) were crowned overall champions, while 26 athletes earned titles in their respective age groups.
The inaugural Multisport National Championships are being held as part of the Miami Man Triathlon, hosted by MultiRace. While Saturday was all about the aquathlon, Sunday’s schedule includes championship events in long-course triathlon, long-course duathlon (run-bike-run), long-course aquabike (swim-bike) and international-distance aquabike (swim-bike).
The Aquathlon National Championships, held at Larry and Penny Thompson Memorial Park, featured a 1,000-meter swim followed by a 5-kilometer run. Harper was the first across the line for the men, covering the course in 31 minutes, 43 seconds to earn both the overall victory and the men’s 25-29 national title.
Johnathan Dolan (Atascadero, Calif.) was second overall and first for men 15-19, finishing in 32:13. Rounding out the men’s overall podium was Jack McAfee (Knoxville, Tenn.), who earned the men’s 35-39 national title in the process with a time of 33:14.
Moreno was the first woman to finish, placing 16th among both men and women. She crossed the line in 38:26, also earning the women’s 40-44 national title. Moreno is a former elite triathlete, having represented Brazil in the Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004 Olympic Games. She won the women’s elite division at the 2003 ITU Aquathlon World Championships in Queenstown, New Zealand, and earned the silver medal in 2005 in Gamagori, Japan. She has lived in the U.S. for four years and is a USA Triathlon Certified Coach.
“I haven’t raced for so many years. When I retired from being a pro, I decided to see what I could do in my age group,” Moreno said. “Today, I was surprised and happy for what I could do. I’m very excited for next season.”
Taking second overall for women and first in the 30-34 age group was Julie Demers (Mountain View, Calif.) in 39:21. Third place overall went to Jennifer DeHart (Jackson, Maine), who placed second to Moreno in the women’s 40-44 age group with a time of 40:37.
Four athletes successfully defended their age-group titles from 2017: Adrian Cameron (M35-39, Austin, Texas), Sharon V. Smith (F60-64, Austin, Texas), Louis Almekinders (M60-64, Chapel Hill, N.C.) and Donn Viviani (M70-74, Arlington, Va.).
Top finishers in each age group earned the opportunity to represent Team USA at the 2019 ITU Age Group Aquathlon World Championships. Aquathlon Worlds will be held as part of the 2019 ITU Multisport World Championships Festival from April 27-May 4 in Pontevedra, Spain. For more information about qualifying and competing for Team USA, visit usatriathlon.org/teamusa.
For complete results, photos, schedule and event information for the USA Triathlon Multisport National Championships, visit miamimanhalfiron.com. Sunday’s racing action begins at 6:30 a.m. ET.
USA Triathlon Aquathlon National Championships
1,000m swim, 5k run
National Champions — Complete Results
Male Overall: Gregory Harper (Walnut Creek, Calif.), 31:43
Female Overall: Carla Moreno (Plantation, Calif.), 38:26
M15-19: Johnathan Dolan (Atascadero, Calif.), 32:13
F15-19: Lydia Smith (Williamsport, Pa.), 44:19
M20-24: Prashanth Ganesh (Livermore, Calif.), 34:43
M25-29: Gregory Harper (Walnut Creek, Calif.), 31:43
F25-29: Lauryn Falcone (Morgantown, W.V.), 40:45
M30-34: Jack McAfee (Knoxville, Tenn.), 33:14
F30-34: Julie Demers (Mountain View, Calif.), 39:21
M35-39: Adrian Cameron (Austin, Texas), 35:06
F35-39: Sarah Mercer (Denver, Colo.), 41:22
M40-44: Pieter DeHart (Jackson, Maine), 34:49
F40-44: Carla Moreno (Plantation, Calif.), 38:26
M45-49: Ramses Rodriguez (Port St. Lucie, Fla.), 36:03
F45-49: Samantha Forde (Santa Cruz, Calif.), 40:45
M50-54: Rob Allen (Middletown, R.I.), 35:03
F50-54: Lauren Jensen McGinnis (Muskego, Wis.), 40:39
M55-59: George Serbia (Irvine, Calif.), 39:46
F55-59: Karen Newman (South Burlington, Vt.), 45:05
M60-64: Louis Almekinders (Chapel Hill, N.C.), 44:02
F60-64: Sharon V. Smith (Austin, Texas), 41:35
M65-69: Phillip Friedman (Erie, Pa.), 42:20
F65-69: Carol Hassell (West Palm Beach, Fla.), 47:30
M70-74: Donn Viviani (Arlington, Va.), 51:35
F70-74: Patricia Heithaus (Gambier, Ohio), 59:16
M75-79: Robert Plant (Woodside, Calif.), 51:14
M80-84: Don Nelson (Tulsa, Okla.), 1:19:59
M85-89: Wayne Fong (Chatsworth, Calif.), 1:54:52
About USA Triathlon
USA Triathlon is proud to serve as the National Governing Body for triathlon, as well as duathlon, aquathlon, aquabike, winter triathlon, off-road triathlon and paratriathlon in the United States. Founded in 1982, USA Triathlon sanctions more than 4,300 events and connects with more than 400,000 members each year, making it the largest multisport organization in the world. In addition to its work at the grassroots level with athletes, coaches, and race directors — as well as the USA Triathlon Foundation — USA Triathlon provides leadership and support to elite athletes competing at international events, including International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Championships, Pan American Games and the Olympic and Paralympic Games. USA Triathlon is a proud member of the ITU and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).