Erica Hawley, Lynsey Palmer and Nick Pilgrim all raced today with mixed results.
Erica was making a welcomed return to racing as she took on a tough test in Malmo Sweden racing in a European Cup Sprint Triathlon against seniors. She produced a strong performance to finish 16th in a very pleasing time of 1 hr 03 mins 39 secs. The winner was Justine Guerard of France 1:01:12.
Lynsey gained some valuable experience today. As a relative novice to junior elite racing she took on the USA’s best 16-19 juniors in the US Junior National Championships in West Chester, Ohio and finished 50th out of 68 starters in a time of 1 hr 12 mins 25 secs. With the draft legal format on the bike in junior elite racing so much depends on how you come out in the swim and Lynsey’s time of over 13 mins left her trailing the leaders who completed the swim in under 11 minutes. However, Lynsey’s bike time of 35:52 and run of 20:46 were encouraging and with time and work on her swim she could well be challenging for a top 10 placing in the next two years.
Nick Pilgrim placed 27th out of 68 finishers in the US Youth Junior National Championships today for ages 13-15 which, given his results in some of the US regional youth races this year, will no doubt be a disappointing result for him. He finished in 33 min 18 secs with the young US phenom Andrew Shellenger easily winning in 29 min 30 secs with 2nd place Nick Holmes crossing the line over a minute back in 30 mins 58 secs. Nick still has one more year in the youth ranks and if he can continue to make the progress he has shown this year expect him to be up in at least the top 10 next year.
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