Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Alexander helps Navy to national triathlon title

Cutthroat grad is 14th of 329 college women

Amy Alexander Photo by Willy Cook

Ketchum's Amy Alexander, a junior at the U.S. Naval Academy, helped the Midshipmen to the women's team championship and overall title of the 2007 Collegiate National Championship Triathlon April 21 at Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Alexander, despite battling a bout of gastroenteritis, posted the second-best finish among the triumphant Naval Academy women and ended up 14th overall of 329 collegiate women on the 51.5-kilometer course.

Saturday's event with 1,003 athletes from 77 colleges featured a 1.5k swim in the Black Warrior River and 40k bike and 10k run through the campus of the University of Alabama and on the Jack Warner Parkway that runs along the river.

Alexander (2.17:24) had splits of 22:48 swim, 1.07:42 bike and 43:36 run. Her teammate Justine Whipple (personal record 2.02:44) won the women's title for the second straight year with splits of 20:12 swim, 1.03:42 bike and 36:16 run. Another Midshipman, Melisa Hough, was 23rd overall.

Navy won the overall team, men's and women's team titles.

The daughter of Herb and Charlotte Alexander, Amy is a 2004 Community School graduate who was athletically involved in girls' soccer, alpine skiing and tennis while at the Sun Valley independent school.

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