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TriDocs succeed in Ocala triathlon

It was a first triathlon for many when about 30 USF medical and physical therapy students traveled to Ocala in March to compete in a nationally sanctioned triathlon series event.

Competing in the Sprint, Olympic, or Half Ironman distance categories in the HITS Triathlon Series event, the USF students represented the TriDocs, a new USF club that supports graduate-level students as they train to compete in triathlons, an endurance race involving swimming, cycling and running in immediate succession.

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The Ocala event proved the training was worth it for the TriDocs.

Elizabeth Rogers (MS1) placed first in her age group and third overall in the Women’s Sprint distance (750m swim, 12.5 mile bike, 3.1 mile run) with a time of 1 hour 19 minutes.

Nick James (MS1) placed second in his age group and 29th overall (out of 178) in the Olympic distance (1500 m swim, 24.8 mile bike, 6.2 mile run) with a time of 2 hours 31 minutes.

And Jon Koscso (MS1) completed the half-ironman distance (1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13.1 mile run) in a time of 6 hours 49 minutes.

“It was a great weekend, and we all had an awesome time competing and representing USF Health,” said first-year medical student Anthony Desantis, vice president for TriDocs.

Up next for the TriDocs: the Hurricane-Man Swim 2013, a 2.4 mile open water swim in the Gulf of Mexico and finishing at the Hurricane restaurant in Pass-a-Grille Beach, held May 4.