JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Sept. 15, 2017) -- A change of schedule means a change of plans for ETSU’s women’s triathlon team.
The Bucs were originally set to take part in the Anchor Splash Triathlon in Oak Ridge, Tenn. on Sunday, September 17. But that event was canceled. So ETSU will instead go to the Frantic Frog Age Group Triathlon in Scottsboro, Ala. on Saturday the 16th.
The Bucs weren’t alone in their scheduling predicament.
“The University of Western Alabama was also planning to be at the Anchor Splash,” said ETSU head coach Janine Pleasant. “I talked with UWA’s coach about the alternatives and we decided to go to Scottsboro. The race director at Frantic Frog agreed to set a separate start time for our two teams and allow us to set up transition like a true college race. It won’t be draft-legal in the bicycling segment, but it’ll be close to the collegiate format for the swim and transition.”
The “transition” happens between the first segment of the race (swimming) and the second (bicycling).
“Normally, transition areas are set up with bikes on both sides of the bike rack,” Pleasant explained. “Collegiate transition areas have all the bikes on one side of the bike rack all facing the same direction. The athletes have to be careful about how they set up their equipment, otherwise they can be penalized. This prevents athletes from disrupting one another, either intentionally or unintentionally.”
The Bucs are coming off a 2nd-place finish at the season-opening Central Regional Qualifier on September 4.
Morgan James (Clovis, Cal.) was 10th in the individual standings, with Annika Cotner (Muskegon, Mich.) 16th and Hope Zimmerman (Crown Point, Ind.) 25th.
James finished 8th in swimming and 9th in running. Cotner was 9th in swimming and Zimmerman 20th in bicycling.
But the recent schedule change will leave them without a full roster for the Frantic Frog.
“Moving the race from Sunday to Saturday means two of our athletes won’t be able to attend, due to previous commitments,” Pleasant said. “Another one of our athletes is on the injured list and will be out, too. So we’ll only have three athletes competing on Sunday. It won’t count as a collegiate race, so we won’t be ‘tapering’ in our training. In other words, we won’t cut down on the intensity of our workouts in the days before the event. We’re going to treat Saturday as a practice.”
Interactive results for the Frantic Frog are available here.
For more information on ETSU’s women’s Triathlon throughout the 2017 season, visit ETSUBucs.com and click on the Triathlon link.