Catharine joined the DC Triathlon Club in 2011 when looking into something that was going to help her cross train while training for her first marathon. Once she joined the New Triathlete Program, however, Catharine was hooked on her new sport! Now it looks like she’ll run that marathon once she conquers her first Ironman at Lake Placid this year. Catharine volunteered to be part of the Masters swimming program in order to force herself to the pool 3 times a week. It worked! Not only does she go to the pool regularly, but she even helps the new swimmers. Catharine is also one of the co-program leaders for the New Triathlete Program to get more people to join the cult of triathlons. When she isn’t biking, running, or swimming – she likes to look for the best burgers in town, and, more importantly, nap in front of a tv that has some terrible (read: awesome!) reality show on.
Nams (or Diablo if your nasty) joined the DC Tri club in March 2013. He has been bitten with the triathlon bug ever since completing his first triathlon in June. Nnamnse swam in college at Florida State University where he was All-ACC. He also competed in the US Olympic Swimming Trials. Since his running has been described as that of a wounded tortoise and his cycling mimicking that of a 11 year old kid; he feels obliged to share his knowledge in the only leg he is good in – Swimming. Nnamnse is always up to help any novice or experienced swimmer improve and welcomes the challenge to do it in a short period of time.
As a Pisces, it's no surprise that Nichole (Nikki) feels most at home in the water. And despite growing up in landlocked Northeast Ohio, Nikki managed to spend her formative years at the pool -- both on and off the deck. A competitive swimmer since age ten, Nikki fell in love with the sport and dove (pun intended) at the chance to work at her childhood swim club. She spent seven years lifeguarding, teaching swim lessons, and coaching at the club, and is thrilled to read newspaper clippings about her former swimmers who have gone on to success in the sport. During college at Elon University and graduate school at Syracuse University she continued to swim for fitness and dabbled on the club team, but missed coaching and teaching swimmers. Now that she's settled into her job in foreign affairs in Washington, DC, Nikki is thrilled to be reeking of chlorine (and coaching) again, having discovered the DC Triathlon Club Masters Swim Program through her friend Katie. When not at the pool, she enjoys running (favorite route is along the Potomac), dancing (like a fool), and traveling (especially to Denmark).
Julianne (Jule) has been a member of the DC Triathlon Club since 2010. She began participating in triathlons in 2007 when a friend from school suggested she do a race using her dad’s bike. Despite nearly finishing dead-last, she fell in love with the sport. Jule attended Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA, graduating with a degree in accounting in 2009. While at W&L, Jule was a four year member of the varsity swim team and a two year member of the varsity track team. During her first year after college, Jule took a break from the pool to focus on her running - competing in her first marathon in the Spring of 2010. Since then she has enjoyed dedicating her training efforts towards triathlons. Jule has also been involved with athletic coaching and fitness instruction. She coached summer swimming and gave private lesson instruction for 5 years before beginning her full time job at Ernst & Young as a CPA and is currently one of the volunteer co-leaders of the DC Tri Master Swim program. Jule is also an ACE Certified Fitness Instructor, currently training as a bootcamp and spinning instructor at Results Gym
Lizzie joined the DC Triathlon Club in June 2012, borrowed a friend's bike and with very little training completed her first tri in the Nation's Tri three months later. As with most triathletes, that's all it took to get hooked. Lizzie was a competitive swimmer throughout middle and high school. She graduate from Clemson University where she was a one year member of the varsity swim team and three year member of the varsity rowing team. Lizzie decided to volunteer with the Master's Swim team as a way to get more involved with the DC tri club. She looks forward to sharing her knowledge and passion of swimming with the DC tri community and welcomes any level of encouragement to get her on a bike more.
David joined DC Tri Club in January 2011 through the New Triathlete Program to fulfill a long time dream of completing a triathlon. Little did he know at the time, but he'd be hooked. After finishing his first Half Ironman, IM 70.3 Augusta, David is looking forward to July, where he'll go up against Ironman Lake Placid. He was led to volunteer with Masters Swim as a way to immerse himself more and give back to the club. He is also one of the Half Ironman co-program leads.
Katie started dabbling in triathlons in 2010 and finally admitted that she was hooked in 2011, thanks in no small part to the Master's swim team. She was a competitive swimmer and water polo player in elementary, middle, and high schools (including playing on a semi-pro team in Switzerland) and started biking while in graduate school. Running came later, usually as a result of signing up for half marathons with friends after having one or more glasses of wine. In 2011, she completed the Alcatraz challenge (1.5 mi swim, 7 mi run) and a Charlottesville sprint tri. 2012 was a busy season: Rumpass in Bumpass Oly, San Diego ITU Oly, Total 200 (200 KM ride), General Smallwood Oly, Washington’s Crossing Open Water Swim, Luray Oly & Sprint, Rev3 Cedar Point Half Rev Aquabike, Warrenton Sprint, Ironman 70.3 Augusta, and the Giant Acorn Oly and Sprint. Firmly demonstrating that sleep is overrated, Katie is now gearing up for Ironman Tahoe in 2013. Despite this plan to “go the distance,” her favorite distance is the sprint and enjoys mentoring new triathletes as they begin their journeys into the most fun sport ever. In the rare occasions she is not wearing spandex and a heart rate monitor, Katie enjoys delicious kitchen experiments and globetrotting. She is also one of the Half Ironman co-program leads.
Mike is an adult-onset swimmer, starting competitive swimming at the ripe ol' age of 35. He has swum masters for the last 10 years or so. He leapt into open water swimming three years ago with a 2K jaunt around the Danish Parliament in 59 degree water. He was hooked. Various open water swims around the world followed, from 5K to 10 miles. Mike is not a triathlete, having ignored the advice given him when he was young (“Be nice to your knees, you’ll miss them when they’re gone”), but he did complete a sprint and Oly tri in his high school days oh so many years ago. Currently, Mike can’t understand how anyone could be crazy enough to do an Ironman, but he’ll do his utmost to make sure they crush the swim.
Karen's swim career got off to an illustrious start when she decided to join her high school swim team (because all the cool kids were doing it), despite the fact that she didn't know how to "swim," per se. Luckily the team had an amazing coach who was understanding, encouraging, and helpful. Karen's two favorite swimming memories include when she won the 50 fly at the city wide meet at the age of 15, and many, many years later, when heading back into Mirror Lake for another 1.2 miles of swimming, she spotted her friends, who had managed to work their way into the lake and were cheering her on in her first Ironman. Karen has a knack for getting people to do things they don't want to do, don't think they can do, and are usually happy they tried. This is her first year coaching swimming. Her specialty is very aggressive flip turns.
Swimming was the gateway sport that lured Liana into the triathlon world. She swam competitively as a kid on both club and varsity teams and was captain of her high school swimming and diving team. Liana picked up cycling in college and after too many years of simply dabbling in the separate disciplines, she decided to put them together and join the DC Tri Club. Liana tackled her first half Ironman in Raleigh this year. Liana views coaching for the DC Tri Club's masters swim program as a way to give back to the DC triathlon community. Through coaching, she hopes to share her passion for the water and develop a new generation of lifelong swimmers!