Triathletes in Arizona


Andrea Salazar, Staff Writer

This past weekend, Rosary’s triathletes made their way to Arizona for the Sun Devil Race. At the race, they competed in a flat two loop run, 750 meter swim, and a 20 kilometer bike.

This race has been the toughest yet in the season. Michela Watson ‘26 added, “I love our triathlon team because it always feels like a family. It is obviously a very difficult sport, but we all support each other and strive to do better. I cannot wait to make more memories together as a team.”

We started the day early in the morning having to be at our race location by 6:00 a.m. The girls got suited up and ready to compete. Though it was freezing, and our girls were without wetsuits to warm them, the girls had nothing but smiles on their faces. The race was fairly small with only 50 people competing—many being college athletes.

Our top finisher, Sophia Long ’24, had a time of 11:31.39. She shared, “This past weekend, I had so much fun racing with my teammates at the Sun Devil Triathlon. The course was challenging, but it forced me to keep on pushing through the pain. I wasn’t the fastest swimmer, but I persisted and made up the time on the bike and run. I had so much fun at our post-race breakfast bonding with my teammates and coach. I can’t wait for the next race!”

Our Royals ready to race. (Photo provided by: Julia Watson)

Though I did not compete, I practiced with the team a day before the race to run through the bike course, and it was no piece of cake. Seeing the team stay together, persist, and cheer each other on in this race as a family was amazing. Congratulations to Rosary’s Triathlon Team on their race!