published Monday, June 30th, 2014

White, DeGan win Chattanooga Waterfront Triathlon

Anne-Cecile Huby throws water on herself during her transition from swimming to bicycling at the Chattanooga Waterfront Triathlon on Sunday. A 1.5 kilometer swim was followed by a 42k bike ride and a 10k run.
Anne-Cecile Huby throws water on herself during her transition from swimming to bicycling at the Chattanooga Waterfront Triathlon on Sunday. A 1.5 kilometer swim was followed by a 42k bike ride and a 10k run.
Photo by Erin O. Smith.
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    Ian Howie jogs from the swimming portion of the Chattanooga Waterfront Triathlon to transition at Ross's Landing into the bicycling portion during Sunday's race.
    Photo by Erin O. Smith.
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2014 Chattanooga Waterfront Triathlon Results

Top three per age group (and top 50 overall out of 861) in Sunday's 1.5k swim, 42k bike ride and 10k run:

Pro male winner: Tony White 2:02:27. Overall top 3: Tyler Jordan 2:03:03, Tobias Deardorff 2:09:56, Eric Cross 2:10:42; Meghan Degan (14) 2:17:02, Deanna Newman (16) 2:18:04, Rebecca Carpenter (20) 2:18:43. Beginner top 3: Andy Hamilton (231) 2:47:16, Zachary Shields (251) 2:48:28, Richard Parry (315) 2:52:55; Jenny Vance (195) 2:44:11, Katie Fennell (259) 2:48:50, Daniela Noya (378) 2:56:27. Masters top 3: Bruce Gennari (6) 2:11:47, Clayton Tillery (10) 2:14:26; Timothy Newberg (11) 2:16:20; Marci Gray (53) 2:28:53, Colleen Capper (56) 2:29:34; Christine Grant (66) 2:31:25. Grandmasters top 3: Johnny Harrison (22) 2:19:25, Jack Haire (33) 2:23:46, Dan Jones (35) 2:24:39; Kathleen Johnston (116) 2:36:37, Kim Locher (130) 2:38:02; Judy Daggett (162) 2:41:21. Clydesdale 39-under top 3: Barrett Sims (59) 2:30:16, Luke Bayer (215) 2:46:12, Andrei Lozovik (228) 2:46:52. Clydesdale 40-older top 3: Chris Potter (285) 2:50:40, Jay Curtin (310) 2:52:26, David Storm (313) 2:52:47. Athena 39-under top 3: Marne McLyman (451) 3:01:36, Lindsay Waibel (820) 4:08:03, Melissa Farley (821) 4:08:21. Athena 40-older winner: Jennifer Rao (843) 5:39:42.

Males

Ages 19-under: Collin Gwaltney 2:31:38, Christian Torbett 2:46:14, Matthew Harry 3:05:39. 20-24: Patrick O'Brien (15) 2:17:39, Matthew Lee (39) 2:25:21, Joshua Witt (44) 2:25:42. 25-29: Chris Nasser (8) 2:14:01, Marcel Broghammer (9) 2:14:14, Sam Miller (12) 2:16:56, Drew Streip (17) 2:18:16, David Shelley (24) 2:20:23, Chad Williamson (25) 2:20:54, Jack Findley (26) 2:21:32, Alex Sharp (32) 2:23:28, Glenn Rudolph (36) 2:24:46, Don Humphreys (45) 2:25:45. 30-34: Eddie Ferguson (7) 2:12:31, Joseph McLeod (13) 2:16:56, Jason Baxter (18) 2:18:17, Blake Snyder (19) 2:18:36, Bret Crossland (23) 2:19:55, Tom Dillard (31) 2:23:17, Brett Hulgan (42) 2:25:38, Ed Crossman (47) 2:26:48, Travis Gower (48) 2:27:02, Philip Hauserman (49) 2:27:16. 35-39: Eric Dunn (5) 2:11:25, John Rutledge (29) 2:22:29, Derek Nordman (34) 2:24:38, Frank Gregalit (41) 2:25:30, Aaron Leach (43) 2:25:38, Matt Gregory (50) 2:27:56. 40-44: Scott Bingham (21) 2:18:53. Lenard Iglar (37) 2:24:50, Tony Cianciola (38) 2:25:06, Matt Sims (40) 2:25:28, Daniel Workman (46) 2:25:58. 45-49: Rusty Smith (27) 2:21:43, Chris Keysor (28) 2:22:11, Scott Whitney (54) 2:29:05. 50-54: T.J. Devlieger (62) 2:30:40, Mark Swiecichowski (79) 2:32:42, Ross Langenbach (106) 2:35:19. 55-59: Steve Morrow (95) 2:34:33, Forrest Fowler (108) 2:35:25, Eric Clarke (111) 2:35:53. 60-64: Terry Hemminger (154) 2:40:23, Volker Winkler (238) 2:47:36, Ken Robinson (320) 2:53:17. 65-69: Robert Griffith (302) 2:51:32, Richard Snow (611) 3:16:05, Paul Matrisian (615) 3:16:15. 70-74: Dale Vaughan (185) 2:43:10, Karl Wentzel (550) 3:09:48, Larry Nelson (586) 3:13:18.

Females

Ages 19-under: Rachel Solomon (528) 3:08:05, Delaney Miller (583) 3:13:17. 20-24: Molly Wiygul (91) 2:33:59, Jennifer Aronoff (203) 2:45:07, Kiersten Vradenburgh (272) 2:49:38. 25-29: Susie Kelly (114) 2:36:31, Jenny Von Jouanne (126) 2:37:46, Kristi Hewitt (137) 2:38:56. 30-34: Bethany Rutledge (55) 2:29:06, Erica Verdin (98) 2:34:40, Sarah Portella (102) 2:35:02. 35-39: Virginia Fleming (30) 2:22:35, Emily Ryan Rollins (75) 2:32:15, Susanna Carter (105) 2:35:16. 40-44: Dawn Kussow (68) 2:31:39, Robin O'Connell (151) 2:39:53, Natalie Sims (182) 2:43:05. 45-49: Vicki Updike (84) 2:32:56, Sandra Daust (93) 2:34:15, Lisa Ingwell (178) 2:42:34. 50-54: Janie Davis (202) 2:45:02, Lisa Harrison (260) 2:48:50, Rhonda Cloinger (289) 2:51:01. 55-59: Reiko Donato (383) 2:56:42, Sue Minton (467) 3:02:33, Paula Cooper (468) 3:02:46. 60-64: Jody Coombs (584) 3:13:18, Cheryl Torr (732) 3:35:02, Rhonda Evans (775) 3:45:05. 65-69: Becky Meagher (742) 3:37:44, Judith Garrard (753) 3:39:55.

Megan DeGan entered the 2014 Chattanooga Waterfront Triathlon as the defending women's overall champion. But she was the defending champion of a triathlon in which the swimming portion was canceled because of the Tennessee River's high water as a result of heavy rains.

Therefore, the 2013 event became a run-bike-run competition. The extra running time suited DeGan's ability.

This time there was no avoiding the swimming, but DeGan handled it like a champ -- like a repeat champ, which the 24-year-old became Sunday after posting a time of 2 hours, 17 minutes, 2 seconds on the course.

The triathlon had a total of 978 entrants with 878 starting the race. There were 23 relay teams.

Race director Jenni Berz of the Chattanooga Track Club said women's pro Anna Cleaver, a 32-year-old New Zealand native who recently moved to Chattanooga from Greenville, S.C., reported Saturday that she had an injury and would not be participating.

Nashville's Tony White, 29, was the only professional in the race and was the overall winner with a time of 2:02:27.

DeGan, from Marietta, Ga., was competing in her fourth Chattanooga Waterfront Triathlon -- a competition she considers a tuneup for USA Triathlon's Age Group National Championships, held Aug. 9-10 this year in Milwaukee.

DeGan finished third overall in Chattanooga in 2012 at 2:19:59. Sunday, her times in each event were a little lower compared to then.

"Today I wanted to have a good swim," DeGan said. "I've always been a runner. I kind of struggled with the bike today. I had a solid swim, a rough bike, but a good run."

DeGan said the hot weather this time of year made the water a little warmer than usual and there was not a lot of wind. She said the conditions helped make it a tough and challenging course, and she noted that the competition in the field was fierce.

"When I finished," DeGan said, "I was not sure the entire time until it was announced that I had won. All these women here were very, very, very strong."

Deanna Newman was second in the women's overall standings at 2:18:04. Rebecca Carpenter was third at 2:18:43.

Tyler Jordan was second among the men with a time of 2:03:03. Tobias Deardorf was third at 2:09:56.

Contact Kelley Smiddie at ksmiddie@timesfreepress.com at 423-757-6653. Follow him at twitter.com/KelleySmiddie.

about Kelley Smiddie...

Kelley Smiddie is a sports writer who has worked at the Times Free Press for 12 years. He covers high school sports and softball. Kelley’s hometown is Chattanooga, and he graduated from Brainerd High School and graduated Chattanooga State and UTC. Contact Kelley at 423-757-6653 or ksmiddie@timesfreepress.com.

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