Katie Zaferes: Overall Super League Championship Title Took "Everything I Had"

By USA Triathlon | Feb. 25, 2019, 2:19 p.m. (ET)

In the exciting, fresh and ever-changing inaugural season for Super League Triathlon, one thing remained constant: Katie Zaferes standing on the podium after every race.

After four thrilling events around the globe in Jersey, Malta, Mallorca and the season finale in Singapore this past weekend, Zaferes (Santa Cruz, Calif.) finished the season at the top of the standings to win the overall Super League Women’s Championship.

“I gave it everything I had and it’s always nice to come out on top,” Zaferes said. “It’s been a great series.”

The American star won the first race of the weekend Saturday with a time of 1 hour, 3 minutes, 1 second in the Women’s Eliminator race — which consists of three separate stages of swim-bike-run (300-meter swim, 5-kilometer bike and 2-kilometer run for each).

Sunday marked the final race of the season in the Women’s Enduro race — a grueling, non-stop stage of three consecutive swim- (300-meter) bike- (5k) run- (1.6k) legs. The athletes saved the best finish for last.

Zaferes and France’s Cassandre Beaugrand — who placed second in Saturday’s Eliminator race — had a mad dash to the finish tape and seemed to cross the line simultaneously. The official time showed both athletes finishing with times of 1:04:24. A second look, however, proved that Beugrand edged Zaferes by mere millimeters.

The result meant Zaferes took second on the weekend, but more importantly, she finished with enough points to win the overall series crown.

“Super League makes you better all around. You have to work on every little thing — both physically and mentally, and even emotionally,” Zaferes said after the race. “I think it really sets me up well for the rest of the season. I’m really happy where I am.”

Zaferes, who finished second in the ITU World Triathlon Series in 2018, was consistent all season on the Super League circuit — ending the year as the only female to tally more than 100 points (113). Rachel Klamer of the Netherlands finished in second with 76 overall points, while Beaugrand came in third with 65.

The first year of the league saw three American women crack the top five of the overall standings. Taylor Spivey (Redondo Beach, Calif.), who took seventh place on the weekend in Singapore, placed fourth overall with 62 total points.

Kirsten Kasper (North Andover, Mass.), who wasn’t able to compete in Singapore, still earned enough points the rest of the season to finish fifth with 51 points. Summer Rappaport (née Cook; Thornton, Colo.) made it four U.S. elite women in the top 10, as a seventh-place position in Singapore helped her end the season in sixth overall.

On the men’s side, Ben Kanute (Geneva, Ill.) came out of Singapore fifth on the weekend and seventh overall in the final standings — the lone American in the top 10. Vincent Luis of France took home the overall men’s title, while South Africa’s Henri Schoeman and the United Kingdom’s Jonathan Brownlee rounded out the top three.

From start to finish in the 2018-19 Super League Season, Zaferes stayed atop the leaderboard — never finishing outside of the top two in any of the four championship events. With a league title now added to her already impressive resume, she will look to lead a talented group of American women on the world triathlon stage in 2019.