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Multi-sport: Splash N Dash ends for the season

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By The Staff

With the Los Alamos Triathlon quickly approaching, the Triatomics have been doing what they can to get community athletes ready.

The Triatomics Multisport Club wrapped up its official training season for the Los Alamos Triathlon Wednesday night. The club hosted its final Splash N Dash event of the season with a total of 41 athletes taking part.

The Splash N Dash is a semi-formal training series, hosted by the Triatomics with support from Los Alamos County. Participants take part in a swim up and down Larry R. Walkup Center’s pool and a run up and back Canyon Drive — two-thirds of the triathlon’s events. Lengths of the swim and run may vary.

This summer, four Splash N Dash events were held, with the first one coming on June 24. The initial event was followed up by a pair of events in July.

The Los Alamos Triathlon, which is celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2009, is now but nine days away.

While the Splash N Dashes are not competitive races, as such, the events are timed for the benefit of those training for the triathlon.

Splash N Dash participants this year included both highly-competitive triathletes and newcomers. Among those who were regulars at the Splash N Dashes were 2007 Los Alamos Triathlon champion Chip Cooper and Myles Fitzgerald, one of the top placers in last year’s event.

Cooper was the first finisher on the long course for the first two Splash N Dash events, then helped out his son Christopher Cooper for the two most recent events.

Martin Pieck, who finished fifth in the elite men’s competition of the 2008 triathlon, was the fastest finisher in Wednesday’s Splash N Dash.

Christine Ahrens and Kim Katko, who finished well in their age groups in the 2008 triathlon, were also regulars at the series this year.

Katko was the top female finisher on Wednesday’s long course, coming in sixth overall.

Here are the results from the Aug. 5 Splash N Dash. (Swim time, run time, total time)

Long course (400-yard swim, 5K run)

1. Martin Pieck, 5:14, 19:34, 24:48; 2. Alexander Romero, 6:12; 19:45; 25:57; 3. Nathan Romero, 6:37, 21:25, 28:02; 4. Bill Geist, 6:00, 22:06, 28:06; 5. Peter Song, 5:13, 22:58, 28:11; 6. Kim Katko, 5:31, 23:34, 29:05; 7. Laurie Goddard, 5:41, 23:26, 29:07; 8. Stu Corliss, 5:13, 25:00, 30:13; 9. Ted Romero, 12:28, 18:43, 31:11; 10. Amy Lee, 7:20, 24:56, 32:16;

11. Anna Wermer/Lydia Wermer, 4:59, 28:35, 33:34; 12. Fred Winter, 6:49, 27:23, 34:12; 13. Dina Pesenson, 6:04, 28:57, 35:01; 14. Tomasz Klimczuk, 8:19, 26:47, 35:06; 15. Dan Rushton, 8:36, 26:36, 35:12; 16. Kelly Dolejsi, 9:39, 26:46, 36:25; 17. Jacque Kottenstette, 7:53, 29:03, 36:56; 18. John Ullmann, 7:00, 30:47, 37:47; 19. Claire Singleton, 9:53, 28:03, 37:56; 20. Katy Fitzgerald, 9:19, 29:37, 38:56;

21. Sandy Zocher, 8:32, 31:38, 40:10; 22. Megan Tripp, 7:59, 32:28, 40:27, 23. Mark Katko, 9:03, 33:25, 42:28, 24. Tom Sandford, 8:53, 33:41, 42:34; 25. Cecilia Duenas, 15:38, 29:28, 45:06, 26. Ted Williams, 11:29, 34:52, 46:21; 27. Tina Derr, 10:59, 59:17, 70:16.

Short course (200-yard swim, 3K run)

1. Daniel Romero, 3:18, 13:04, 16:22; 2. Conner Bailey, 6:20, 15:44, 22:04; 3. John Rees, 5:34, 16:50, 22:24; 4. Ben Rees, 7:06, 15:57, 23:03; 5. Anya Gonzales, 6:18, 20:33, 26:51; 6. Lauren Bucklin, 4:19, 22:48, 27:07; 7. Rob Aulwes, 5:05, 22:44; 27:49; 8. Ethan Aulwes, 5:24, 22:45, 28:09; 9. Robert Westervelt, 5:02, 25:15, 30:17; 10. Caemlyn Tripp, 4:45, 25:43, 30:28;

11. Chip Cooper, 4:20, 28:56, 33:16; 12. Christopher Cooper, 5:03, 28:53, 33:56; 13. Zephran Tripp, 8:14, 33:31, 41:45.