Learn about our awesome officers! If you have any questions, feel free to email them by clicking on the link located under each bio.


Kyle Polansky
Hey everyone, my name is Kyle Polansky. I'm a senior studying Electrical/Computer Engineering. I got into endurance sports by starting to run in 3rd grade. I became more competitive in high school, running for Southlake Carroll. After my final track season, I bought a road bike and fell in love with cycling. After learning how to swim, it felt natural to give triathlon a try. I've had a blast with it so far, and I'm excited to be able to help grow the sport and the team even more.
Holt West
Vice President
Howdy y’all! My name is Holt West and I am a fourth year student here at UT studying Classics and Chemistry. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, playing fiddle, and doing just about anything outside. In high school, I did both swimming and cross country, and getting to college, I figured I might as well throw in cycling too. I had done a couple sprint distance triathlons before joining Texas Tri my junior year, but I can say that being a part of this team has made a huge difference. It’s a welcoming community of incredible people who love to train, race, and eat lots of food. I’m looking forward to serving the team in a larger capacity this year, and if you have any questions, thoughts, or concerns, don’t hesitate to let me know!
Preston Ray
Hi, my name is Preston and I’m a English and Radio-Television-Film senior. I got my start in triathlon racing sprint distance events in high school, while mostly focusing on racing with my high school’s track and cross country teams. I discovered Texas Triathlon during my freshman orientation and instantly knew this was a team full of great athletes and people. Since then, I’ve improved a lot as a triathlete (especially with the parts that have the water and the wheels) and this past summer completed my first 70.3. Of course, all this progress is thanks to our incredible coaches, teammates, and officers. Now, as an officer myself, I hope I can do my part to continue making this team awesome.
Michael Orlando
Hey everyone, my name is Michael Orlando. I am a fourth year Nutrition Major. I am a local Austinite and attended Bowie high school in south Austin. While in high school, I played soccer and ran cross country and track. When I came to college I knew I wanted to get into something a little bit more full body which brought me here. This team has been one of the most fulfilling opportunities in college and has allowed me to travel across the country and make lifelong friends. I am very excited to be offered the opportunity to help our team grow and if you have any questions shoot them my way.
Mathias Hanssen
Hey everyone! This is my 3rd year with Texas Triathlon and my second year as an officer. I will be co-leading our recruiting effort with our other amazing recruiting officers while also managing our volunteering opportunities! A little about myself: I'm a 4th year Senior Civil Engineering major, I like to play soccer, and I play the cello when I have time.
Clark Templeton
Hello great people of the internet. My name is Clark and I am a graduate student here at UT-Austin and will be serving as secretary for the Tri Club. I have been doing triathlons for awhile now and really enjoy the flexibility and fun that comes with them. Being active and loving every minute of it is what helps my old ticker keep on beating and I am looking forward to sharing both some sweat and some laughs with everyone this upcoming year.
Kristina Guevara
Hello I’m Kristina, I’m a 4th year Advertising major and I am responsible for recruitment, social events, and social media for Texas Triathlon. I’ve always had a passion for running, but it wasn’t until this last year that I wanted to push myself and try something new, so I joined Texas Triathlon and began including swimming and biking in my workout schedule. I have really enjoyed the motivation I receive from my teammates and the improvement I’ve seen in just this past year that I’ve been involved with the organization. I finished my first triathlon in March (2017), and I look forward to continue training and participating in more races with the team my senior year. As a recruitment officer I hope to supply the extra push, motivation, and encouragement to raise our member count, and as a social officer I want to bring the team closer together through fun social events, and increase our visibility on campus using social media. Aside from running, biking, and swimming, other hobbies of mine include wakeboarding, traveling, going to music events, attending UT athletic events, and volunteering at The Boys and Girls Club in Austin. Texas Triathlon has been so worth joining, and I can’t wait to grow closer with the team and for a great year!
Jessica Ellis
Social Officer
Hey y'all! I'm Jess. I'm senior biology student and I've been on the triathlon team for four years. I was a runner in high school, but I've learned to LOVE swimming, and I'm working on not hating the bike. I'm incredibly excited to be your social officer with Kristina, and spread the triathlon love that has given me my best friends, study buddies, and workout motivators. Favorite conversation topics include mountains, parasitic diseases, and the fourteen cats that I've owned.
Shannon Owings
Recruiting Officer
Hey guys! My name is Shannon Owings and I am a second year Biology student. Some fun facts about me are that I was a softball player in high school, my favorite place to travel is Japan, and I have a twin brother. Before coming to UT, I had no experience with triathlons, but decided that I wanted to try something new (because it’s college so why not?). It goes without saying that I fell in love with the sport and the people. I am so happy that I found the Tri Team 2nd semester and am beyond excited to serve as one of this year’s recruiting officers.
Eric Wise
Recruiting Officer
Hello people! I'm Eric Wise, a third year Geography and Urban Studies major. I started doing triathlon as a young child. Triathlon is part of my DNA. I'm a goofy kid who loves the great outdoors, reading, and being social when not triathloning. I joined the triathlon team in my third semester at UT, and immediately loved the atmosphere and mood of the triathlon team. I am super excited to be an officer during the 2017-2018 season, and hope to recruit some cool cats to make our schweet group of people even more awesome!