The Hippo is the World’s Deadliest [Triathlete]

The spring racing season has yielded some serious results for Kevin Ryan’s protégés.

Lindsay Westerfield recovered quickly from her impressive 9th place division finish at Ironman 70.3 Florida to place 3rd overall and 1st in her AG at the super-competitive Heart & Sole sprint triathlon in Woodford County.

Coach Kevin Ryan blew the competition away at the same Heart & Sole race with a 58:56.5 finish time, while Eli Dunlap took a 2nd AG place and Rick Kimberlin took the top AG spot for his division with a time of 1:10:01 and 5th overall position. Leon Sachs was right behind Rick with a 6th place overall finish and AG win, finishing the sprint in 1:14:39.

Leon cranked out a 1st AG win and 4rd overall spot at TriFest in Taylorsville, posting a 2:33:21 in the Olympic distance event. The same weekend saw Eli Dunlap post a previously-unthinkable 1:45:19 half-marathon time at the Horse Capital Half Marathon.

Rick and Coach Kevin both competed in the Ironman 70.3 Chattanooga. Coach took 13th place overall in a ridiculous pro field including Ironman bike-split record holder Andrew Starykowicz. Coach Kevin finished the swim in 5th place and scratched another sub-4 hour result for his 70.3 racing belt. Rick Kimberlin performed extremely well in his division, finishing 13th out of 209 and finishing in 4:47:04, somehow managing a 1:44:51 half-marathon on a challenging course.

Some of the Hippos made it to Louisville for the Cardinal Sprint Triathlon on May 27. Lexington definitely made its mark, with Sally Corrigan taking 4th place overall, winning her AG. The newest Hippo Kate Pierce was hot on Sally’s tail in her first triathlon, winning her AG and coming in 6th overall. Eli continued his competitive year by taking 3rd in his AG.

Tri Louisville will get a post entirely its own…

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Hippos after the season’s first Open Water swim at Clay’s Ferry

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