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Members of the University of Wisconsin-Superior triathlon team are, from left to right: Brittney Kemi, Mieszki Brikis, Jacob Braaten, Lee Brown and Derek Krivinchuk. Missing from the photo are Sally Linzmeier and John Maginot. (Submitted photo)

UWS triathlon team competes at nationals

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UWS triathlon team competes at nationals
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Superior Telegram

The University of Wisconsin-Superior triathlon team competed in the USA Triathlon Collegiate National Championships April 4-5 in Tempe Ariz. More than 1,200 athletes from across the country took part in the event.

Collegiate clubs had athletes represented in three championship races: a 750-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike, 5-kilometer draft-legal sprint; the traditional 1,500m swim, 36k bike, 10k run championship; and the four-person Mixed Team Relay, in which athletes completed a 250m swim, 5k bike and 1.2k run.

In the mixed team category, UWS’s Brittney Kemi, Jake Braaten, Lee Brown, Mieszko Brikis, and Derek Krivinchuk combined for 100th place overall with 317 points.

Both the men’s and women’s teams placed 89th overall individually.

The UWS triathlon team was officially recognized as an on-campus organization on Nov. 13, 2013 and was started by Braaten, who is also the UWS student president.

The purpose of the club, advised by admissions staff member Amanda Akason, is to promote a healthy lifestyle for those on campus through physical fitness, teamwork and healthy dietary habits.

The group competed in its first ever meet mid-January at Iowa State University.

Upon placing, the team snagged a spot for the Collegiate National competition in Arizona.

Other team members are Sally Linzmeier and John Maginot.

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