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


Ariana Khu
Hey guys, I'm Ariana Khu. I started racing triathlons the summer after my sophomore year of high school, and I've been racing ever since. Joining Texas Triathlon has just made me love this sport even more. I'll be competing in the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon in June 2015 and the Age Group World Championships in September 2015. I am majoring in marine biology with a business certificate; I hope to promote conservation in underdeveloped countries through eco-tourism. I have a passion for the ocean, apples, kayaking, and triathlon. I'm so lucky to be part of such a wonderful team, and I can't wait to see what the future holds for us.
Kyle Polansky
Vice President
Hey guys, my name is Kyle Polansky. I'm a sophomore studying Electrical/Computer Engineering. I started running in 3rd grade and have loved the sport ever since. In high school, I ran cross country and track for Southlake Carroll, helping the team win 3 state titles. After my final track season, I bought my first road bike and fell in love with cycling. After learning how to swim, it felt natural to give triathlon a try. It's been a ton of fun so far, and I'm excited to be able to help the Texas Triathlon team become even better in the future.
Carl Koehler
Hey-diddly-ho there people, I'm Carl and I’m treasurer of Texas Triathlon. I am a fourth year student pursuing degrees in Finance and French. Initially being a runner in high school, I decided to move to triathlons because the sport has been a way to challenge myself both mentally and physically and I love it! Outside of swimming, biking, and running, I also love going to live music shows, fashion, pop-culture, exploring the Austin cuisine, and goofing around with friends. Joining Texas Triathlon has honestly been the best decision I’ve made in college because the people here become family to you. Feel free to ask me any questions, and I look forward to meeting you!
Neil Doughty
Hey there, I'm Neil and I'm the sponsorship officer of Texas Triathlon. I'm a Junior with majors in Psychology, Economics, German. I have always been a runner and swimmer, but my first ever triathlon was CapTex in May 2014. Besides running down cheetahs and racing with sharks, I also love eating, exploring, yoga, board games, and playing football with my friends. If you have any questions about the sport, the club, or you just want to meet someone on the team, the best way to start is by shooting me an email. I look forward to hearing from you!
Connor White
I’m Connor White, a junior studying Software Engineering. After catching the tri bug at CapTex sophmore year of highschool, I went on to race for my highschool's track, cross country and swim teams, before joining Texas Triathlon my first year at UT. I love climbing big hills, sprinting from the tops, and drafting in aero. When I'm not on my bike, I like to relax by writing music and watching anime.
Kara Turner
My name is Kara Turner. Although born in Austin, I grew up in Evergreen, Colorado. Growing up in a mountain town meant that outdoor activities and athletics played a big role in my life from early on. I am currently in my 5th and final year of architecture school. This is my second year on the Texas Triathlon Team. Before triathlon, I rowed for 2 years on The University of Texas Women's Rowing Team. After that ended I needed another crazy sport with crazy people to fill up my time. I am competing in my first Ironman this summer at IM Boulder and couldn't be more excited!
Max Atkinson
Hey, Guys! My name is Max Atkinson and I’m a Junior Pre-Med Major. I started running when I was 16 and quickly got into long distance racing. In my first year of college with basically no swimming or biking experience I decided to try a triathlon and instantly fell in love with it. I am very outdoorsy type of person; I love traveling, rock-climbing, sky and scuba diving and basically anything that gets that adrenaline pumping. I love meeting new people so come say Hi!
Juliana Nicolini
Secretary & Social Media
Hey guys, I'm Juliana Nicolini and I'm an International Nutrition major - Class of 2017! I started racing triathlons two years ago and have been hooked ever since. I joined the team last semester and fell in love with the people and the sport even more. I'm almost always smiling about something and sometimes, during a race, you may even catch me wearing a banana suit for the run... m/
Christina Cuellar-Nelson
Hi friends, I'm Christina from UT's class of 2018. I'm a mechanical engineering major and grew up in Longview, Tx. Being a runner my entire life, I'm always up for a challenge and Texas Tri has definitely been a great way to push myself while making lifelong friends. Feel free to ask me any questions, Welcome to the Team :)