The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Triathlon Team opened the inaugural season of competition at the Ice Breaker Duathlon against 5-time defending National Champion Queens University. The Royals used an aggressive start on the first 2.5km run to force the host Bears to chase throughout the challenging 20km bike course.
LR freshmen Emily Hayes (Scottsdale, AZ) and Andie Kuipers (Harare, Zimbabwe) worked together for a strong showing on the bike that brought them into the second transition in 5th and 6th place as they headed out onto the final 2.5km run. Freshman Nanette Nikolajsen (Esbjerg, Denmark) and Junior transfer Chloe Telian (Oakhurst, CA) both posted strong runs off the bike to round out the scoring line-up for the Bears.
NCAA Triathlon utilizes a scoring system that totals the finish positions of the top 4 athletes for each team, the team with the lowest combined score is declared the winner. By virtue of claiming the top four positions took Queens took the team competition by a score of 10-29.
After the race Head Coach Bryant Howard noted, “We had three key objectives for our first event and we checked all of those boxes today. Queens’ record speaks for itself so we couldn’t have asked for a better competitor for our program’s first race.”
Next up for the Bears is the Clermont Draft-Legal Challenge on March 6-7 in Clermont, Florida.
LR Finishers (Place)
1. Emily Hayes – 59:28 (5th)
2. Andie Kuipers – 59:43 (7th)
3. Nanette Nikolajsen – 1:00:13 (8th)
4. Chloe Telian – 1:00:18 (9th)
5. Makenna Seghers – 1:00:19 (10th)
6. Teresa Vesely – 1:01:01 (11th)
7. Sayti Plank – 1:02:46 (14th)
8. Addison Herndon – 1:24:25 (18th)
Women’s Triathlon began in the fall of 2020 as a varsity sport thanks to a grant from the USA Triathlon Foundation’s Women’s Emerging Sports Grant. This grant is distributed to select NCAA member institutions to develop, implement and sustain women’s triathlon programs at the NCAA varsity level. LR is the 32nd NCAA program to offer women’s varsity triathlon and the 13th at the Division II level. Men’s triathlon will launch as a varsity club sport in the fall of 2021.