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Weekend Notebook: From Mooloolaba to Minneapolis, and More

By Caryn Maconi, USA Triathlon | March 18, 2019, 7:01 p.m. (ET)

Mooloolaba ITU Triathlon World Cup

U.S. athletes showed up in top form at the Mooloolaba ITU World Cup in Australia on Saturday, led by Renée Tomlin (Ocean City, N.J.) with a silver-medal performance in the women’s race. Tomlin covered the 750-meter ocean swim, 20-kilometer bike and 5-kilometer run in 58 minutes, 21 seconds, just a few steps behind Australia’s hometown champion Ashleigh Gentle (58:15). Italy’s Angelica Olmo rounded out the podium in 58:25.

Tamara Gorman (Rapid City, S.D.) also raced well, taking seventh in 58:44. Second-year pro Sophie Chase (Carlsbad, Calif.) earned her third top-15 finish on the ITU World Cup circuit with a time of 59:20.

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I donโ€™t believe in luck, especially when it comes to racing. Over many years of racing, I have come to find that races are not won by the โ€œluckiestโ€ athlete, but rather she who puts herself in the position to do so every step of the way. _ During my college track years I struggled with having the confidence to do exactly this. As soon as the gun would go off, I would find myself near the back of the pack, too timid to put myself up with the girls ranked higher than myself. I thought there was no way I could hang with girls with multiple titles to their names or had run x-times in the 5k. This was a mental hurdle, until finally, during the last 5k of my college career, I decided I had enough of running at the back. I went out aggressively, ended up leading the entire race, and praise God, achieved the only win of my college career. _ Fast forward 2 years and the importance of putting oneself in the position to win is even more clear. Through the strength of Christ, this is a mindset that I try to embrace every time I line up, whether I am ranked 1st or 50th going in. Although I felt my 15th place finish in yesterdayโ€™s @worldtriathlon Mooloolaba World Cup didnโ€™t completely reflect where my fitness is at, I still praise God wholeheartedly for it because I felt it did reflect a commitment to racing aggressively and putting myself in the position to win, swim, bike and run. Overall I am walking away from this weekend grateful for a solid result, motivated for the next one, and even more convinced of the importance of putting myself right in the mix and trusting the Lord with the rest! _ Great work to all my team USA athletes for a phenomenal weekend and to all the other athletes that competed! Super thankful for all the support from back home as well! I love you all! Next race up for me is the New Plymouth World Cup in New Zealand in two weeks! _ #triathlon #mooloolaba #raceday #australia #sunshinecoast #aus #itu #athlete #teamusa #usatriathlon #exclusivelytriathlon #quintanarootri

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Tony Smoragiewicz (Rapid City, S.D.) and Matt McElroy (Huntington Beach, Calif.) narrowly missed the podium in the men’s race with fourth- and fifth-place finishes, respectively. Canada’s Tyler Mislawchuk broke the tape with a time of 52:14, followed by silver medalist Brandon Copeland of Australia in 52:19. Germany’s Valentin Wernz earned the bronze in 52:22.

Smoragiewicz and McElroy crossed the line four seconds later in a sprint finish, each recording official times of 52:26 as Smoragiewicz narrowly edged his teammate at the line. Second-year pro Morgan Pearson (Boulder, Colo.) also had a strong race, placing seventh in 52:28.

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

USA Triathlon Winter Triathlon National Championships

Twenty athletes earned age-group national titles Sunday at the USA Triathlon Winter Triathlon National Championships, held as part of the Loppet Foundation’s Winter Triathlon at Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis. Competitors covered a 6-kilometer ski, 18-kilometer mountain bike and 5-kilometer trail run, enjoying temperatures in the upper 20s with light snow.

Sixty-year-old Jan Guenther (Long Lake, Minn.) was the first woman across the line in 1:45:38, grabbing her third career Winter Triathlon Nationals overall title. Minneapolis native Andrea Tremaine, 32, took second place in 1:57:28, and 40-year-old Tara Makinen (Grand Rapids, Minn.) was third overall in 2:00:05.

In the men’s race, 39-year-old Joel LaFrance (Plymouth, Minn.) returned to the top of the men’s overall podium after winning in 2016 and taking the runner-up spot in 2017. LaFrance crossed the line in 1:21:22, followed by 31-year-old Jacob Keehan (Maple Grove, Minn.) in 1:24:40. Somer Schrock (Cohasset, Minn.), 23, completed the men’s overall podium in 1:27:55.


For complete results from the USA Triathlon Winter Triathlon National Championships, including national champions in all age groups, click here.

IRONMAN 70.3 Campeche

Four U.S. athletes earned top-five finishes in the pro field at IRONMAN 70.3 Campeche in Mexico on Sunday. Jackie Hering (Cottage Grove, Wis.) placed second in the women’s race, covering the 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike and 13.1-mile run in 4:16:16. She was less than a minute back from the race champion, Canada’s Heather Wurtele, who broke the tape with a time of 4:15:23. Lauren Brandon (Fort Worth, Texas) took third place, crossing the line in 4:27:17.

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Honored to be on the podium with these talented ladies after a great day @ironmantri #campeche703. Thank you @teamwurtele And @laurenbbrandon for the encouragement and high level racing! The swim was an adventurous survival activity in some choppy waters, but thanks to my higher pool yardage and slick @blueseventy Speed suit, I was able to hang in the chase pack. Onto the bike, just coming off some good winter training, but lacking the outdoor bike miles, I completely exceeded my expectations by being able to ride very well the whole time! @neffcycleservice has me dialed in on my new @ride_bmc @rideshimano @zippspeed and @rudyprojectna Boost helmet. The completely new nutrition plan of 2x320 calorie @maurten_official bottles plus 3 x @guenergylabs gels and @altredbysur kept my energy high. I felt awesome onto the run and enjoyed the aid stations stocked with ice!! More @altredbysur a couple more gels and random drinks kept me pushing to possibly catch Heather! @newtonrunning Distance are my go-to and they felt great!! Thank you again for all the nice messages, posts and support- itโ€™s going to be a great season! Also loving my purple @borahteamwear kit ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

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Ben Hoffman (Boulder, Colo.) was the top American in the men’s race, taking third in 3:52:48. Austria’s Michael Weiss was the champion with a time of 3:50:02, followed by runner-up Pieter Heemeryck of Belgium in 3:51:29. Matt Hanson (Storm Lake, Iowa) also raced well, taking fourth in 3:55:28.

For complete results from IRONMAN 70.3 Campeche, visit