McDonald Paces Bucs, Team Finishes Third in Qualifier
McDonald Paces Bucs, Team Finishes Third in Qualifier
Saturday, September 4, 2021

ETSU races another qualifier in a month

PLEASANT PRAIRIE, Wisc. (Sept. 4, 2021) – The ETSU women’s triathlon team was prepared for the challenge of their first fall race since 2019, finishing third as a squad. Senior Lane McDonald (South Bend, Ind.) led the Bucs with a 1:05:36.4 time, good to finish 19th out of 43 racers.

“The girls did a good job today, especially after only two weeks of training as a unit,” said Allie Nicosia, ETSU’s head triathlon coach. “I’m happy with where they are right now and [I’m] looking forward to what we can do this season.”

Junior Lindsey Batkiewicz (Johnston, Iowa) and Freshman Sarah Plant (Chandler, Ariz.) both finished shortly after McDonald with their respective times of 1:06:50.4 and 1:06:53.5. Junior Carla Garcia (Madrid, Spain), Junior Holle Guntz (Indianapolis, Ind.), and Freshman Izi Belogay (Sterling, Va.) rounded out ETSU’s competitors, all three finishing within 30 seconds of each other.

Below are the final times from each racer this morning.

Lane McDonald – 1:05:36.4

Lindsey Batkiewicz – 1:06:50.4

Sarah Plant – 1:06:53.5

Carla Garcia – 1:09:03.8

Holle Guntz – 1:09:18.4

Izi Belogay – 1:09:32.4

The Bucs are next scheduled to compete in the Firetower Project Cross-Country event in Boone, N.C. in two weeks.

For more information on Buccaneer triathlon, visit and click on the women’s triathlon page.