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ASU takes sixth-straight NCAA triathlon title

Canadians Ella Kubas, Alexandrine Coursol and Kira Gupta-Baltazar all finish in the top 10

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Arizona State University (ASU) has always had a strong Canadian connection – led by Canadian head coach Cliff English, the team has often featured a number of Canadian members. The Sun Devils continued their unbeaten record at the NCAA triathlon championships on the weekend, taking a sixth-straight title over Queens University of Charlotte, with the University of Denver rounding out the team podium. Queens University had won the Division II title for five straight years before moving up a division this year.

South Africa’s Amber Schlebusch broke the string of Canadian champions and took the individual title in the Division I race in 1:03:41, with her ASU teammate, Liberty Ricca (USA) taking second. Canadian Alexandrine Coursol (1:05:35) helped the Sun Devils to the win with her seventh-place finish, one spot ahead of teammate Camille Buchanan (USA), who was seven seconds behind the Canadian.

Milton, Ont. native Ella Kubas finished fourth in the Division I event – the University of South Dakota athlete finished in 1:05:23.


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Last year’s NCAA champion, Kira Gupta-Baltazar finished 10th in 1:05:55 – she had been the fourth straight Canadian to win the NCAA title.

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2022 Women’s Collegiate Triathlon National Championship
Tempe, Ariz. | 750m swim, 20k bike, 5k run | Complete Results

Individual Champions by Division
Division I: Amber Schlebusch (Arizona State University), 1:03:41
Division II: Julia Kekkonen (Wingate University), 1:06:54
Division III: Hailey Poe (North Central College), 1:10:47

Team Champions by Division
Division I | Complete Results
1. Arizona State University, 239
2. Queens University of Charlotte, 230
3. University of Denver, 194

Division II | Complete Results
1. Lenoir-Rhyne University, 268
2. Colorado Mesa University, 252
3. Wingate University, 246

Division III | Complete Results
1. North Central College, 215
2. Trine University, 201
3. Millikin University, 150

You can find the full release from USA Triathlon, along with results, here.