The Summerville YMCA held its 2013 Youth Triathlon Saturday at The Ponds and everyone who registered showed up for the race. Now in its fifth year, the event attracts athletes age 7-14 from across the state.
One of the big lures of the triathlon is it gives children the opportunity to participate in an endurance race designed just for them. The only adults at the event were race volunteers and a large group of spectators that included parents, aunts, uncles, neighbors and friends. They swarmed The Ponds Farmhouse pool to cheer on the young athletes.
This year’s event included a nice mix of first-time participants and regulars returning for another shot at the course.
“I’ve done triathlons before, including three YMCA Youth Triathlons at The Ponds,” Ben Diffley, the first-place finisher for the 11-12 age group, said. “I was confident that I could finish strongly.”
The 12-year-old Ridgeville resident finished the triathlon in 31 minutes and 48 seconds to win both his age group and the Top Overall Male award for the 11-14 division.
Danielle Lodge of Summerville placed second in the division. The 14-year-old finished in 31:55 to claim the Top Overall Female award for the division as well as the first-place award for the 13-14 age group.
“It was a great experience and a lot of fun,” Lodge said. “Finishing was the most exciting part.”
The triathlon kicked off at 7:30 a.m. with the swimming portion. Participants in the younger age division (age 7-10) swam four lengths of the pool at The Ponds Farmhouse and participants in the older age division (age 11-14) swam eight lengths of the pool.
After finishing the swimming portion, participants exited the pool and proceeded to the transition area. There they donned their bike helmets, shirts and shoes and begun the biking stage of the event. The younger participants completed a 2.5-mile lap throughout The Ponds community, and the older participants completed a pair of 2.5-mile laps.
The third and final leg of the event was the run. The younger triathletes ran a half of a mile through The Ponds Nature Conservancy and the older triathletes ran a full mile on the trail.
“My favorite part of the triathlon was the running,” said Andrew Mitchum, the winner of the 9-10 age group. “I felt like I had to keep going and push myself because I was getting tired and wanted to finish strong.”
The Charleston 10-year-old finished the race in 15:43 to also claim the Top Overall Male award for the younger division. Ellie Sineath, 9, of Goose Creek claimed the Top Overall Female award for the division with an 18:10 finish.
“My experience as a participant in the YMCA Youth Triathlon makes me want to do more of them each year,” Mitchum said. “It is a fun way to end the summer.”
The YMCA Youth Triathlon began with a brainstorm from Dr. Hal Hatchett, a YMCA Board Member, an avid triathlete and Summerville podiatrist. In 2009, he approached the YMCA to see if the YMCA would be interested in coordinating a youth triathlon.
For more information on the event, race results and photos visit www.summervilleymca.org/youthtriathlon. Photo galleries from the triathlon can be accessed through www.journalscene.com.
2013 Y Youth Triathlon Age-Group Results
 
FEMALE INDIVIDUAL AGE GROUP:  7 - 8
    1 Sydney Greer           8 Summerville        SC   20:31
    2 Ava Kabealo            8 Summerville        SC   20:44
    3 LEAH BARNHILL          7                         22:30
MALE INDIVIDUAL AGE GROUP:  7 - 8
    1 Heath Soho             7 Mt. Pleasant       SC   17:34
    2 Rhett Norris           8 Mt. Pleasant       SC   18:43
    3 Henry Goldsmith        7 Mount Pleasant     SC   19:07
FEMALE INDIVIDUAL AGE GROUP:  9 - 10
    1 Ellie Sineath          9 Goose Creek        SC   18:10
    2 Mary Adam             10 Chamblee           GA   19:07
    3 Julia Beebe           10 Charleston         SC   19:49
MALE INDIVIDUAL AGE GROUP:  9 - 10
    1 Andrew Mitchum        10 charleston         SC   15:43
    2 Nicholas DeFazio      10 Daniel Island      SC   16:25
    3 Nicholas DeMarco       9 Daniel Island      SC   16:40
FEMALE INDIVIDUAL AGE GROUP:  11 - 12
    1 Caroline Mathisen     12 Mt. Pleasant       SC   32:44
    2 Abbey Martichenko     11 Summerville        SC   34:01
    3 Natalia Thomas-Sarmi  11 Summerville        SC   34:32
MALE INDIVIDUAL AGE GROUP:  11 - 12
    1 Benjamin Diffley      12 Ridgeville         SC   31:48
    2 Logan Palma           12 Summerville        SC   33:10
    3 Aaron Wheat           11 North Charleston   SC   35:20
FEMALE INDIVIDUAL AGE GROUP:  13 - 14
    1 DANIELLE LODGE        14 SUMMERVILLE        SC   31:55
    2 Katie McNeese         14 Summerville        SC   38:29
    3 Samantha Martino      14 Summerville        SC   41:02
MALE INDIVIDUAL AGE GROUP:  13 - 14
    1 Cole Kiser            13 Summerville        SC   32:16
    2 Christian England     13 Ladson             SC   36:01
    3 Christopher Bodkin    14 Summerville        SC   40:56
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Diffley, Mitchum claim youth triathlon titles

  • Thursday, August 22, 2013

Hal Hatchett announces the start of the 2013 Youth Triathlon hosted by the Summerville Family YMCA. More than 200 kids ages 7-14 registered for event held at The Ponds. CHRIS ZOELLER/JOURNAL SCENE

A forecast for rain didn’t dampen the spirits of 225 kids looking to compete.
The Summerville YMCA held its 2013 Youth Triathlon Saturday at The Ponds and everyone who registered showed up for the race. Now in its fifth year, the event attracts athletes age 7-14 from across the state.
One of the big lures of the triathlon is it gives children the opportunity to participate in an endurance race designed just for them. The only adults at the event were race volunteers and a large group of spectators that included parents, aunts, uncles, neighbors and friends. They swarmed The Ponds Farmhouse pool to cheer on the young athletes.
This year’s event included a nice mix of first-time participants and regulars returning for another shot at the course.
“I’ve done triathlons before, including three YMCA Youth Triathlons at The Ponds,” Ben Diffley, the first-place finisher for the 11-12 age group, said. “I was confident that I could finish strongly.”
The 12-year-old Ridgeville resident finished the triathlon in 31 minutes and 48 seconds to win both his age group and the Top Overall Male award for the 11-14 division.
Danielle Lodge of Summerville placed second in the division. The 14-year-old finished in 31:55 to claim the Top Overall Female award for the division as well as the first-place award for the 13-14 age group.
“It was a great experience and a lot of fun,” Lodge said. “Finishing was the most exciting part.”
The triathlon kicked off at 7:30 a.m. with the swimming portion. Participants in the younger age division (age 7-10) swam four lengths of the pool at The Ponds Farmhouse and participants in the older age division (age 11-14) swam eight lengths of the pool.
After finishing the swimming portion, participants exited the pool and proceeded to the transition area. There they donned their bike helmets, shirts and shoes and begun the biking stage of the event. The younger participants completed a 2.5-mile lap throughout The Ponds community, and the older participants completed a pair of 2.5-mile laps.
The third and final leg of the event was the run. The younger triathletes ran a half of a mile through The Ponds Nature Conservancy and the older triathletes ran a full mile on the trail.
“My favorite part of the triathlon was the running,” said Andrew Mitchum, the winner of the 9-10 age group. “I felt like I had to keep going and push myself because I was getting tired and wanted to finish strong.”
The Charleston 10-year-old finished the race in 15:43 to also claim the Top Overall Male award for the younger division. Ellie Sineath, 9, of Goose Creek claimed the Top Overall Female award for the division with an 18:10 finish.
“My experience as a participant in the YMCA Youth Triathlon makes me want to do more of them each year,” Mitchum said. “It is a fun way to end the summer.”
The YMCA Youth Triathlon began with a brainstorm from Dr. Hal Hatchett, a YMCA Board Member, an avid triathlete and Summerville podiatrist. In 2009, he approached the YMCA to see if the YMCA would be interested in coordinating a youth triathlon.
For more information on the event, race results and photos visit www.summervilleymca.org/youthtriathlon. Photo galleries from the triathlon can be accessed through www.journalscene.com.
2013 Y Youth Triathlon Age-Group Results
 
FEMALE INDIVIDUAL AGE GROUP:  7 - 8
    1 Sydney Greer           8 Summerville        SC   20:31
    2 Ava Kabealo            8 Summerville        SC   20:44
    3 LEAH BARNHILL          7                         22:30
MALE INDIVIDUAL AGE GROUP:  7 - 8
    1 Heath Soho             7 Mt. Pleasant       SC   17:34
    2 Rhett Norris           8 Mt. Pleasant       SC   18:43
    3 Henry Goldsmith        7 Mount Pleasant     SC   19:07
FEMALE INDIVIDUAL AGE GROUP:  9 - 10
    1 Ellie Sineath          9 Goose Creek        SC   18:10
    2 Mary Adam             10 Chamblee           GA   19:07
    3 Julia Beebe           10 Charleston         SC   19:49
MALE INDIVIDUAL AGE GROUP:  9 - 10
    1 Andrew Mitchum        10 charleston         SC   15:43
    2 Nicholas DeFazio      10 Daniel Island      SC   16:25
    3 Nicholas DeMarco       9 Daniel Island      SC   16:40
FEMALE INDIVIDUAL AGE GROUP:  11 - 12
    1 Caroline Mathisen     12 Mt. Pleasant       SC   32:44
    2 Abbey Martichenko     11 Summerville        SC   34:01
    3 Natalia Thomas-Sarmi  11 Summerville        SC   34:32
MALE INDIVIDUAL AGE GROUP:  11 - 12
    1 Benjamin Diffley      12 Ridgeville         SC   31:48
    2 Logan Palma           12 Summerville        SC   33:10
    3 Aaron Wheat           11 North Charleston   SC   35:20
FEMALE INDIVIDUAL AGE GROUP:  13 - 14
    1 DANIELLE LODGE        14 SUMMERVILLE        SC   31:55
    2 Katie McNeese         14 Summerville        SC   38:29
    3 Samantha Martino      14 Summerville        SC   41:02
MALE INDIVIDUAL AGE GROUP:  13 - 14
    1 Cole Kiser            13 Summerville        SC   32:16
    2 Christian England     13 Ladson             SC   36:01
    3 Christopher Bodkin    14 Summerville        SC   40:56

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