Texas Triathlon has had some interesting history. A triathlon team was started at the University of Texas back in 2002, but it unfortunately fell apart in a couple years. Another unsuccessful attempt was made in 2006. In fall 2009, Molly Kent and Chris Smith worked with Coach Allan Besselink to become the co-founders and first co-presidents of “Texas Triathletes”. This team has grown over the years to become what we are today.
In April 2010, the “Texas Triathletes” attended the USAT Collegiate National Championship race (in Lubbock, TX) for the first time ever. We sent 6 men and 3 women. The men’s team placed 47th out of 70, but unfortunately the women did not have enough racers to score as a full team.
After two years of hard work, RecSports unanimously voted to make triathlon the newest club sport at the University of Texas. Shortly afterwards, “Texas Triathletes” changed their name to “Texas Triathlon” and eventually came to be known as one of the greatest triathlon teams in the country. Well, maybe not yet… but they’re getting there.
In 2012-2013, the Texas Triathlon Team came in second behind those pesky Aggies at Regionals. The team went on to travel to beautiful Tempe, Arizona for the USAT Collegiate National Championship, where they placed 34th, improving significantly from their 43rd place finish the year before.
In 2013-2014 season, Texas Triathlon came in third at Regionals behind Texas A&M and Texas State. They went on to travel to Tempe, Arizona again for the USAT Collegiate National Championship. The women placed 30th, the men placed 40th, and the team placed 34th in a growing field of 119 teams.
The 2014-2015 season got off to an auspicious start with a FIRST PLACE VICTORY at Regionals, beating those Aggies by a whopping 3 points! Not so pesky anymore, eh? The team then went on to send 38 members, its largest number ever, to Nationals in Clemson, South Carolina. Out of the 117 teams present, Texas Triathlon finished in an incredible 15th place overall. Women finished 10th place overall and men finished 30th overall. Additionally, the team had its highest scorer ever, with Becca Novelli coming in at an astounding 12th place overall.
In 2015-2016 our team hosted the South Midwest Collegiate Conference Championship, Bevoman Triathlon, where we placed 2nd. The race was a huge success with 187 participants! Despite injury and sickness, the team managed to salvage a 24th place finish at Nationals despite the most competitive field in history.
2016-2017 was a year of rainy races. Bevoman was cancelled due to inclement weather. That didn’t stop the team from another overall 2nd place finish in the conference. Zach McVey set a new Texas Tough course record in the pouring rain. At nationals, the men came in 21st and the team came in 33rd overall , despite a member flatting twice on the bike course. Later that day, the MTR was cancelled mid-race due to thunderstorms.