Congratulations to all of our Florida Region athletes that made the trip to West Chester, Ohio on August 2-3 to compete in the 2014 USA Triathlon Youth & Junior National Championships. Nearly 1,000 athletes, ages 7-19, from all over the United States were welcomed by terrific weather, and superb Midwestern hospitality. Our Florida Region was represented by 15 elite division (ages 13-19) athletes, and 54 age group (ages 7-15) athletes from ten (10) Florida Region Youth/Junior Teams.
As a region, Florida brought home three (3) National Championship age group trophies. Congratulations to our “Age Group National Champions” Jack Diemar (Age 8), Lawson Mcleod (Age 10), and Nico Raffinengo (Age 11) for their outstanding efforts.
In addition to our National Champions, we also placed the following Florida Region athletes on the National podium: Reese McClellan (2nd place, age 7), Phoenix Marsiglo (3rd place, age 7), Jack Matthews (3rd place, age 8), Colton Cardwell (2 place, age 9), Colin Kruger (3rd place, age 9), Courtney Diemar (2nd place, age 10), Hannah Fowler (3rd place, age 11), and Haley Diemar (3rd place, age 12).
In the youth elite division, Ricardo Reyes (age 13-15) earned a 2nd place podium in a very competitive national field of youth elite athletes. He was followed closely by Luis Ortiz who finished 6th overall. In the ladies field, we were led by Reagan Quility who earned a 14th overall place in the youth elite division nationally.
In the Junior Elite (ages 16-19), Sam Geiman led the way with a very impressive 5th place overall nationally, while Caroline Condon earned a 15th place overall finish in the ladies field.
A special kudos go to Triton Elite Multisport Youth for earning a 3rd place team finish in the Nation! What a great weekend, as the Florida Region made an impact in the age group events, elite events, as well as some terrific results in the team relay on Sunday.
Regional Youth Development Coordinator