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Running, Biking, Swimming, Oh My!

Sep 17, 2021

TEMPE, Ariz. -- After gliding by competition to sweep the podium two weeks ago, Sun Devil Triathlon will host South Dakota and San Francisco in The Dual in the Desert NCAA Challenge at 7 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 18.

Race Schedule
7:00 AM: 3k run time trial on the track
8:00 AM: Bike skills obstacle course
11:30 AM: 4-mile bike team time trial
1:30 PM: 100-meter swim time trial
2:00 PM: 400-meter open water course in the pool

Styled as a time trial competition, the triathletes will begin their day on the track of Sun Angel Stadium before moving onto an obstacle course to highlight their bicycle skills at Verde Dickey Fields. A four-mile bike ride will follow at the Salt River Shore bike path before they conclude the day swimming at Mona Plummer Aquatic Center.

Following the swimming event, awards will be given out at the pool deck to the top three individuals in each event, the top three individual times and the top three team overall times. 

Four racers will count towards the team score. For the Sun Devils, Kyla Roy, Alexe Coursol, Amber Schlebusch and Liberty Ricca are set to compete. 

In the previous qualifier, Roy and Ricca landed on the podium, second and third, respectively, while Schlebusch timed in at fifth. This is the first race for Canadian freshman Coursol. 
 

At the Pleasant Prairie National Qualifier on Sept. 4, USF placed second as a team in the final results behind the Sun Devils. Molly Elliot, Gillian Cridge, Hannah Ye and Hayley Diemar were in the top-20 of the final race order for the Dons.

USD also competed at the qualifier two weeks ago with a limited squad so they were unable to qualify for a team score. Coyote freshman Micah Poellet placed eighth, followed by teammates Ella Kubas and Andrea Cernuda.  
 
The Sun Devils will compete again on Saturday, Oct. 30 at the St. George National Qualifier in Utah.

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