Learn about our awesome officers! If you have any questions, feel free to email them by clicking on the link located under each bio.
Hello! I’m Case, and I’m a junior Economics and Radio-Television-Film major here at UT Austin. I ran cross country and swam for my high school in San Antonio. I figured learning to bike was a matter of persistence, so I gave Texas Triathlon a shot. I loved it! Everyone on the team is encouraging and motivated, and I’m very grateful for the opportunity to help lead this strong (and fun) group of athletes. Some facts about me: I love memes; I love burritos almost as much as I love memes; and I’m a dog person (on the real, cats freak me out).
Hi, my name is Chris Ritter. I’m a physics space sciences major in the class of 2019. I was born and raised in Austin, Texas, and love this city. I’m a licensed pilot, and enjoy flying to different places around the state. When it comes to Triathlon, running is my strongest discipline. I’ve run a couple marathons and plan on doing many more in the future. I did my first Triathlon when I was eight years old and fell in love immediately. As Vice President my goal is to help grow the team in numbers and strength and to help everything run as smoothly as possible.
Hey y’all! I’m a fourth year iMPA (integrated master’s in professional accounting) student and this is my second year on the tri team. I played soccer my whole life and didn’t even know what a triathlon was when I got to college! After running a few half marathons one summer, I got bored with running. One of my friends then asked me if I’d consider triathlon, because it’d be much harder to get bored with three sports. Last fall, I googled to see if UT had a team and joined on a whim. Little did I know it was the BEST DECISION IVE EVER MADE! The people on this team are the most supportive, uplifting, and hungry individuals I’ve ever met. Who knew exercising could be this much fun??? #RUSHTXTRI
Sponsorship and Outreach
Hi everyone, my name is Tessa Slagle and I am a transfer student studying government and history. I was raised in Colorado and spent my summers swimming competitively in the Western Slope League. I ran cross country and track in high school and I have enjoyed competing in multiple half-marathons since I started college. Before joining the team, I lacked any competitive experience with biking, and I spent most brick practices using my bike with a basket – it added resistance. ☺ Since then, biking has become my favorite part of triathlons, and I have really enjoyed learning more about biking since I have joined the team. Joining the triathlon team has allowed me to make some of my best friends and I am so grateful to workout with people who are so kind. If you are looking for a great and open group of people to bond with in college, I highly recommend joining us. I look forward to the next year on the team and hope to watch our club grow.
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.e
Hey y’all, my name is Dana and I’m a 2nd year environmental science major! I am thankful that I grew up being active and spending a lot of my time outside, constantly getting encouragement by my parents and 3 older brothers. I decided to join triathlon team to set new endurance goals for myself so I can challenge myself both physically and mentally, as well as to have this incredible community of rockstars, who have become my inspiration. My favorite part of the team is how welcoming it is to all skill levels, making it a diverse group filled with lots of learning and opportunities to grow stronger!
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.
Social Officer and Webmaster
Hello Everyone! I am a 4th year Jazz Studies Major/ Arts Management and Administration minor. I joined the team late fall 2017, with out having a background in swimming, biking or running. I had always wanted to swim or join the track team in high school, but my busy music schedule prevented me from doing so. When I saw the Texas Triathlon team, I put off joining for over a semester due to my lack of athletic ability. Out of the blue one day I replied to the president's weekly email to inquire more about the club. I could tell from that moment that there was something special about the team. Not too long after that I went to my first practice and knew that I had just surrounded myself with a great group of people. Despite my lack of background in the three sports, everyone was so supportive and made me believe that I could... and I did. My first semester with the team I finished both of our regional races and traveled to Tuscaloosa, Alabama with the team for the USAT Nats, where I truly fell in love with Triathlons and the community it provided me with. I have learned so much about myself through out my training process, but most of all, that you can if you believe you can.
Hi everyone, I’m LillieAnne! I study English here at UT-Austin. I spontaneously jumped into Texas Triathlon my freshman year and that’s when my addiction started. I played 6 sports in high school, being average at all of them, and figured that would make a decent triathlete. So here I am. I fell in love with the sport, of course, but more importantly this team. So much support and encouragement drives this team together, and I cannot wait to pass that along to new members. Being the travel officer, my job is to make sure we have a plan and stick to it, haha..ha..ha. If you have a love and appreciation for itineraries, we will make great friends. I’m looking forward to the many laughs and flat tires this season will bring.