Charlotte, N.C. – The Transylvania triathlon team took on another new dynamic racing experience in its inaugural season by competing at the Major League Triathlon Charlotte Super Sprint series race this past Saturday at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center.
Competing alongside professional triathletes as part of the MLT circuit, senior Shelbi Poehlein and freshman Elizabeth Moore participated in a pair of amateur races held alongside elite pro races which featured an array of high-level triathletes as well as eight MLT pro teams in uptown Charlotte.
The day's race format comprised a 3000-meter swim, a 3.8-mile bike, and a 1-mile run. Saturday's races began with the women's B super sprint heat featuring Poehlein. The senior excelled in the swim and bike portions of the race to post a fifth-place finish out of eight athletes, crossing the finish line in 23 minutes and 48 seconds.
In the women's A super sprint heat which took place two hours following Poehlein's race, Moore used a strong performance in the swim portion as she posted the fastest swim time to finish in second place; with berths to the elite/pro race awarded to the top-three finishers in the A heat, Moore's day continued as she clinched a collegiate elite license, allowing her to compete in the elite-level races later on in the day against a pool of competitors ranging from former Olympians to professional triathletes.
In the second race, Moore took 13th place against the field with a time of 20 minutes and 49 seconds.
Though Moore headed up the rear in the day's final race, the experience was a fruitful one for the freshman who had her first taste of competition against the group of world-class athletes as the entire group finished within two and a half minutes from the first-place through the last-place finisher.
"Today's races set up as 'big-game' experiences, commented Transylvania triathlon head coach Kevin Ryan. "The NCAA championships are going to be the biggest game of all for us later on this season, and for Elizabeth to have the experience to race against this level of triathlete is a big step in being able to handle the challenge of racing at a high level."
It marked the fourth straight event in which Moore has recorded at least one top-two finish in a race.
Transylvania continues its schedule on Saturday, October 20 with the NCAA East Regional Qualifier in Huddleston, Virginia.
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