Tempe, Ariz. – The Transylvania women's Triathlon team is set to hit the apex of its inaugural season when it competes in the USA Triathlon Women's Collegiate National Championship, hosted by Arizona State University in and around Tempe Town Lake on Sunday, November 4.
The national championship will include programs from NCAA Division I, II, and III as the Pioneers represent the latter of the classifications.
"To have qualified to NCAAs in our first season is a big deal, but also a very small step in the direction we're trying to go as a program," said first-year Transylvania triathlon head coach Kevin Ryan.
Transylvania officially qualified for the national championship by recording a top-two team finish at the Central Regional Qualifier held in Tennessee on September 16. The top-two finish earned the Pioneers a grant to compete in the national championship along with other collegiate powers from around the country.
Leading the Pioneers into battle on Sunday is freshman Elizabeth Moore (Knoxville, Tenn. / The Webb School), who received All-Region Freshman and All-Region Team honors following her victory at the Central Regional Qualifier.
Moore began her college career with a first-place showing in the DIII Invitational on September 3, finishing the race in one hour and four minutes. The prolific freshman then took first place among individuals in the Transy Duals, the Pioneers' first-ever home event, on September 8.
"Elizabeth has already asserted her dominance against the D-III field," added Ryan.
Also competing in the race for Transylvania is first-year triathlete Shelbi Poehlein (Shelbyville, Ky. / Collins). The senior is coming off her best performance of the season, a 43rd-place finish at the NCAA Regional Qualifier where she completed the race in one hour and 15 minutes. "Shelbi has shown she can be top-10, so a good performance from her would be a great capstone to her senior season," Ryan said.
Championship Sunday will begin with the second-annual Ignite the Fork age group triathlon at 7 a.m. followed by the Division III/Club team championship featuring the Pioneers at 8:45 a.m. Pacific Standard Time. The day will wrap up with the Division I/Division II championship race at 10:30 a.m.