Stuff That Successful Swimmers Do...

HL_pool_jump.pngNot seeing meaningful progress in the pool? Review these rules of successful swimmers to see where you might be standing—or swimming—in your own way.

By Sara McLarty (triathlon.competitor.com)

1. Technique comes first. Always.

My favorite adage when working with new swimmers is, “You can put 100 motors onto a barge, and it still won’t be a speed boat.” The only thing that is guaranteed when you spend more energy in the water is that you will tire quicker. Swimming, much like golf, is a skill sport, meaning that success comes more from technique than from effort. Spend time mastering the fundamentals of the stroke before focusing on power and speed. ...

2016 Performance of the Year: Women...

hanna_mile_eight.png2016 MINNESOTA MULTISPORT AWARDS - Today we post the final MMA category: FEMALE PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR.

It's taken several weeks to narrow the long list of outstanding performances to just four, but here they are in alpha order by athlete:

1. - HANNA GRINAKER's record-setting victory at LAKE WACONIA, where she lowered the women's CR by 3:05.

2. - KORTNEY HAAG's course record at BUFFALO OLYMPIC. Her time--2:10:08--bettered the previous CR by more than two-and-a-half minutes. The women's field at Buffalo was very deep, with five members of 2015 Team Minnesota as well as rookie Grinaker.

3. - DIANE HANKEE's victory at APPLE DUATHLON, where she outraced what was arguably the deepest women's field of the year in our state.

4. - ERIN HYNDMAN-FARREN's 3rd place overall women's finish at IRONMAN LOUISVILLE. Her time was 10:02:29, which is the second fastest Minnesota women's 140.6 clocking ever...

2016 Race of the Year Finalists...


Voting for 2016 TRIATHLETES CHOICE RACE OF THE YEAR concluded yesterday. The way the TCROY is determined is that the votes for a race are divided by the number of its finishers giving us its  "% of Participation."


In 2016, 36 events received votes and seven of those races received the support of at least 5% of their finishers, and had 30 or more total votes. In alpha order, those races are:





2016 Triathlete of the Year: Women...











2016 MINNESOTA MULTISPORT AWARDS - Today we reveal the official nominees for Female TRIATHLETE OF THE YEAR. They are:

HANNA GRINAKER (28, St. Paul) - This sensational rookie triathlete won four of the eight tris she entered, two in course record time. She excelled at sprint, Olympic and half IM and her CR at Lake Waconia is nominated for Performance of the Year....

2016 Male Performance of the Year...

sean_and_matt.pngMINNESOTA MULTISPORT AWARDS - Here are the officlal nominees for Male Performance of the Year:

SEAN COOLEY - Course record victory at Superior Man Half IM - 4:04:21 (Fastest 70.3 time by a MInnesota man in 2016)

SEAN COOLEY (photo) - Course record victory at Lake Waconia Triathlon. Sean beat a very deep field. His margin of victory was 2:06!

WADE CRUSER - Victory at Oakdale Duathlon. His time--1:02:07--was extraordinary given the inclement weather. His margin of victory was 5:58!

MATTHEW PAYNE - Course record (1:54:15) at Buffalo Olympic. Matt outraced one of the deepest field of the year. His victory margin was 2:46.


As always, the POY category was extremely difficult to determine and not all Committee members agreed with the final picks. Here are the other performances that were given serious consideration:

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