On Sunday, Sept. 27, the MIT triathlon team finished the 2015 Northeast Collegiate Conference Season with the Olympic-distance Westchester Triathlon in Rye, New York. Over 130 collegiate athletes from the region competed in the three-sport race: the 0.9-mile swim, 25-mile bike, and 6.2-mile run.
The start horn sounded at the break of dawn to commence the open-water swim in the Long Island Sound. MIT Engineers flew through the bike course, full of hills, horse farms, and small-town turns. The triathlon finished with a speedy 10k run along the boardwalk and Peningo Neck neighborhood.
MIT athletes had competed in races earlier in the season across the New England region, including the Lake George, the Challenge Maine, and the Buzzards Bay triathlons.
Alexander D Springer ’16 led the team with 4 finishes. The competitive roster was rounded out by Samuel M. Nicaise G, Cheng Wang ’17, Michael A. Feffer ’18, Brian D.W. Kirk G, and Lisa Deng ’18.
To close out the conference season, the Triathlon Club hosted the annual Iron Nerd Super Sprint Triathlon on west campus on Sunday, Oct. 4. The race was a great success with over 40 finishers despite the gloomy and blustery weather.
MIT Triathlon will continue to train through the winter and compete in off-season local races. In April 2016, MIT athletes will travel to Clemson, South Carolina to compete in the two-day USAT Collegiate National Championships.