Arizona State, Davis & Elkins, North Central Take Top Honors at Women’s Collegiate Triathlon East Regional Qualifier

By USA Triathlon | Oct. 21, 2019, 4:28 p.m. (ET)


Natalia Hidalgo Martinez of Davis & Elkins College, the DII individual champion. 

SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE, Va. — The Women’s Collegiate Triathlon regular season concluded Saturday with the East Regional Qualifier, hosted by Kinetic Multisports in Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia, for the second consecutive year. The race marked the last opportunity for teams and individuals to qualify for the Women’s Collegiate Triathlon National Championships, set for Nov. 16 in Tempe, Arizona.

Athletes completed a sprint-distance 750-meter swim, 20-kilometer draft-legal bike and 5-kilometer run. Awards were presented to the top-two individuals and top-two teams in each NCAA Division (DI, DII and DIII).

Arizona State University’s Hannah Henry had the fastest overall time on the day, winning the women’s individual DI title in 59 minutes, 36 seconds. Her Sun Devil teammates Liberty Ricca and Catherine Giuseffi took second and fourth, respectively, in the DI individual standings with times of 59:50 and 1:02:36. ASU also claimed the DI team title, successfully sweeping all three regional qualifiers of the 2019 season. 

Led by third-place DI finisher Lane McDonald (1:02:16) and fifth-place finisher Faith Powell (1:02:37), ETSU took the runner-up spot in the DI team standings.

In the DII competition, Davis & Elkins College’s Natalia Hidalgo Martinez broke the tape in 1:00:53. She was followed by Queens University of Charlotte’s Natalie Bash in 1:01:46, Colorado Mesa University’s Mazzy Jackson in 1:02:24, Davis & Elkins’ Eleonora Pierre in 1:03:08, and Black Hills State University’s Mathilde Bernard in 1:03:42. Davis & Elkins also came away with the DII team title, edging Queens by just one point. 

North Central College’s Madelyn Scopp was the top DIII finisher, crossing the line in 1:05:59. Trine University’s Amira Faulker was second in 1:07:20, and Milwaukee School of Engineering’s Rachel Ruona as third in 1:07:56. Rounding out the top-five were North Central’s Annike Cotner in 1:08:04 and Transylvania University’s Malauri Edwards in 1:09:04. 

The DIII team title went to North Central, while sixth-place finisher Morgan Powers (1:11:15) led Millikin University to the runner-up spot.

The Central and West Regional Qualifiers were held in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, and Belle Fourche Reservoir, South Dakota, respectively, earlier this fall. For complete results for all regional qualifiers, click here.

The NCAA named triathlon an Emerging Sport for Women in 2014, a designation that gives the sport a 10-year window to demonstrate sustainability at the NCAA level. USA Triathlon is more than halfway to its goal of recruiting 40 schools by 2024. For more information about triathlon as an NCAA Emerging Sport for Women, visit usatriathlon.org/ncaa.

Women’s Collegiate Triathlon East Regional Qualifier
Smith Mountain Lake, Va. | 750m swim, 20k bike, 5k run | Complete Results

Individual Champions by Division

Division I: Hannah Henry (Arizona State University), 59:36
Division II: Natalia Hidalgo Martinez (Davis & Elkins College), 1:00:53
Division III: Madelyn Scopp (North Central College), 1:05:59

Team Champions by Division

Division I: Arizona State University, 7 points
Division II: Davis & Elkins University, 14 points
Division III: North Central College, 11 points

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