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Women’s Collegiate National Championships Debut Sunday

The first-ever race of its kind is set for Sunday, Nov. 2, at Lake Louisa State Park in Clermont, Fla.

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Top triathletes around the country will compete this weekend in the first-ever Women’s Collegiate Triathlon National Championships, set for Sunday, Nov. 2, at Lake Louisa State Park in Clermont, Fla.

Race-day action will begin at 10:30 a.m. and athletes will compete on a sprint-distance 750-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike, 5-kilometer run course within the park. The draft-legal competition structure and rules will be used at the collegiate level when triathlon is granted official NCAA sport status.

Athletes on the start list were invited to compete based on results from the 2014 USA Triathlon Collegiate Club National Championships and the 2014 Junior Elite rankings. Additionally, invitations were sent to athletes who may not be affiliated with a collegiate or junior club team and have posted competitive times in previous draft-legal events. Nearly 20 teams will be represented.

UCLA’s Kelly Kosmo, who finished third at the Draft-Legal Collegiate Championships and 11th in the traditional Olympic-distance race at Collegiate Club Nationals earlier this year, highlights the start list. Also on the start list are women who finished within the top 20 percent of the Collegiate Club Nationals Olympic-distance event, which featured 451 female finishers. Those athletes include Bria Edwards (Penn State), Stephanie Murphy (U.S. Naval Academy), Savannah Dearden (UCSB) and Hannah Dalsing (Northern Arizona).

&ead more about these athletes and this weekend’s event at usatriathlon.org

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