CLERMONT, Fla. (Mar. 6, 2022) – The ETSU women’s triathlon team competed in the Clermont Draft Legal Challenge at Lake Louisa State Park over the two-day event. Six different athletes competed in four different races.
Beginning Saturday morning, Sarah Plant (Chandler, Ariz.) and Kayleigh Berg (Johnson City, Tenn.) were the first in action with the U25 National Development Race. Plant finished 25th with a time of 1:07:31.6 after being in 12th following an impressive 11:06.9 swim time following a 375-meter swim. Berg only finished the swim portion with a time of 12:34.
Shortly following, numerous athletes embarked on the Elite Super Sprint Cup, which consisted of a 375-meter swim, a 10k bike ride, followed by a 2.5k run. Lindsey Batkiewicz (Johnston, Iowa), returning to the event after participating last season, finished 15th overall with a time of 32:59.1. Batkiewicz went from 14th place after the swim down to 23rd following the 10k bike but roared back into the top-15 following the 2.5k run.
Izi Belogay (Sterling, Va.), Abby Church (Chantilly, Va.), and Carla Garcia (Madrid, Spain) each finished within the 24-29th range in their first race of the weekend. This would be Belogay’s only event of the weekend.
Day two of the Clermont Draft Legal Challenge saw two athletes in the NCAA Collegiate race: Garcia and Berg. Garcia places 26th in a field of 66 with a time of 34:51.5. Garcia was as high as 13th in the race following the swim portion of the race. Berg finished with a time of 40:33.1.
Sunday’s U25 National Development Race saw three top-20 finishes out of a field of 66. Batkiewicz padded her impressive weekend with an 8th-place finish with a time of 1:06:51.9. Batkiewicz got up to 4th place following the third of four laps on the bike. Church places 15th with a time of 1:09:43.5 and Plant came in right behind her at 17th with a time of 1:11:13.3.
The Bucs have another race down in Florida next weekend at the Americas Triathlon Cup Sarasota-Bradenton.
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. There are currently 40 schools at the NCAA level that sponsor triathlon.
For more information on Buccaneer women’s triathlon, visit ETSUBucs.com and click on the women’s triathlon page.