Our 2018 season has come to an end. We have made it to the podium a total of four times this season at Cranberry Sprint, Lake George Olympic, and Buzzard’s Bay Sprint. We also had the privilege to race with our alumni and coach, Breno. Buzzard’s Bay Sprint had the most racers and as well as the most number of volunteers. The championship, Westchester Olympic, marks the incredible growth of our racers and their fortified mentality. Overall, we would like to recognize seven inspiring members who represented the team and raced their BUTTS off after months of consistent training.
This is Lindsey’s last season of competing with the team after 6 amazing years on the team. As a seasoned BUTT member and an ironwoman, Lindsey will be leaving her collegiate career with not only three successful races at Lake George, Buzzard’s Bay, and Westchester, but also her first multi-sport event with her mother!
So focused was Jenna during Lobsterman that she speedily re-racked her bike, slid into her running shoes, put on a pair of swaggy shades, and grabbed her VASELINE instead of her gel to start the run. As a senior dietetic student, she surely knew Vaseline to be inedible, but it was all too late...
Hence, Jenna redeemed herself, also competed as a BUTT for her very last time, by snatching first in collegiate division during Buzzard’s Bay one week later.
Colin Lang (new racer – Buzzard’s Bay)
Shoutout to Colin, highlighting his last semester at BU as a new racer to the team. He poured out all of his willpower and made it through the finish line at Buzzard’s Bay. He is such a talented biker that with even a steel-framed commuter, he put many of his competitors to shame with a 23mph average speed, and a blazing 6:14/mi pace for the run.
Aaronn leads the team this 2018-2019 season as our President. Aaronn’s highlight of the season was snatching 2nd place in the collegiate category for Buzzard’s Bay Sprint. During Westchester Olympic, Aaronn had a hard bike crash, but was determined to finish the race and thus admirably set a new PR for his 10K, coming in top 15 of his division. On Oct 21st, he will be competing his seventh triathlon this year and also his first half Ironman in New Orleans, LA. Wish him luck!
Our Vice President takes on every challenge that comes his way. He raced two triathlons–Lobsterman and Buzzard’s Bay– as well as the Northeast Tougher Mudder which he placed third overall.
NECTC’s Female Triathlete of 2016 stepped on the podium once more this season. Steph snatched collegiate division’s second place for Lake George Olympic and conquered first place for Cranberry Sprint with an impressive time of 1:20:29.
First season racing the team, at Westchester, Matt impressively set PR for his 10k after swimming AND biking for almost two hours. He has also been of great help to the team with recruiting event, transportation, and support for the new members.
Yousra Elkei (new racer – Buzzard’s Bay)
Another new face this year, Yousra completed her first triathlon, the Buzzard’s Bay Sprint. Now that she has conquered the “impossible”, Yousra is set to kick BUTTs at future races.
Although many veterans on the team last year have already graduated this season, our BUTTS racers were at the top of their performances and had great individual achievements. The BUTTS have proven that there is no challenge too large or too small that would match our grit. We are very excited to have more new members joining the team this school year. They are ready to maximize our off-season training and participate in races for the upcoming season. Triathlon may seem intimidating, but triathletes are made from dedication, determination, and discipline. Triathletes go beyond the “limit” by going beyond their comfort zones. Improving endurance also strengthens resilience which is the key to success in life.
This is why we TRI!