PELLA — In its only competitive action of the spring, the Central College women’s triathlon team defeated Coe College in a dual Tuesday afternoon.
Central’s four athletes compiled 16 points in the team standings while Coe’s two athletes totaled five points. Lindsey Blommers (junior, Pella) was the individual champion, completing the course in 59 minutes, .07 seconds.
It was a non-traditional triathlon as the athletes swam 500 meters inside the Pella Pool before driving out to Roberts Creek in the Lake Red Rock Area. The athletes then did a 15-kilometer bike ride and 3.5-kiometer run. All transitions were untimed.
“Not having transitions took out a big factor in terms of stress but it also gave them some more time to recover,” coach Jennie Hedrick-Rozenberg said.
Blommers had the best time in two of the three categories, including starting the day with an impressive performance in the water.
“Lindsey had been on a plateau all season on her swim all season,” Hedrick-Rozenberg said. “She was really excited that she dropped some time on her swim, especially when she had no one to compete with because she finished it a minute before everyone else.”
Central had the top-two finishers as Summer Brand (sophomore, Mount Vernon) trailed Blommers with a time of 1:01.04 despite dealing with an equipment issue.
“Her bike seat was too high for her,” Hedrick-Rozenberg said. “She started two spots behind where she should have in the rolling start and had to play catch up the whole time.”
Jessica Carithers (junior, Mackinaw, Ill. Deer Creek-Mackinaw HS) was third in 1:02.37 and Grace Parrish (junior, Cedar Rapids, Xavier HS) was sixth in 1:16.27.
“Jessica dropped four minutes off of last year’s race and Grace dropped three,” Hedrick-Rozenberg said. “Both of them had great races. Jessica’s bike time was phenomenal for her.”
The core of the inaugural team returns in the fall and Hedrick-Rozenberg is excited about what comes next for the fledgling program.
“This team was very motivated in the offseason,” she said. “They pushed each other hard to get better. I’m excited to see how much we improve this summer and to see what our freshmen can do for us. We’re hoping to move up in the Division III rankings.”