“Yeah, it’s so cool I can’t wait to inform my children like I used to be on the inaugural Drury triathlon staff,” stated Drury junior Hannah Polinske.
The joy of a brand new program can really feel like the beginning of a race.
“You’ll by no means meet a extra optimistic group of individuals than earlier than a triathlon race at like 5:30 within the morning,” Drury head coach Doug Fredrick stated.
In its brief time as a NCAA sport, Drury’s triathlon staff has had loads of success out of the gate.
“We have been ranked primary within the nation for Division II most of final yr,” stated Fredrick.
Success they hoped would carry into this fall, however the Coronavirus pandemic pushed the season to the spring semester.
“I used to be form of disenchanted once I heard we weren’t competing however I additionally figured it was an excellent alternative to work that into my favor,” stated freshman Aurora Stone.
Regardless of that setback, they’re nonetheless transferring ahead although it could not appear to be it.
“As a result of I’m new to the staff and I’m additionally new to the game, it’s been excellent to love have the coaching with out the strain of getting to compete, and the ladies have been excellent about like encouraging me and increase my strengths and dealing on my weaknesses,” stated Stone.
The staff, serving to one another get stronger, realizing there most likely gained’t be a season this spring both.
“It’s laborious to search out open water that’s swimmable earlier than the college ends, which is, you already know, early Might. So the possibilities of us having an any form of season, are very very low,” Fredrick stated.
Similar to a race, getting by way of this pandemic goes to be tough —
“Getting on that begin line when you already know you’re about to be in ache you already know it’s gonna damage,” stated Polinske.
— however nonetheless they push by way of, for the excessive of popping out on the opposite facet.
“Crossing that end line is without doubt one of the most rewarding emotions I’ve ever had,” Polinske stated.
A sense all of us can relate to.