Race Previews

Strong Women's Field to Compete at Tri West...


TRI WEST SPRINT PREVIEW Part II - The strong women's field has already been assembled for next Sunday's Tri West, and additional credentialed athletes should be added this week. Based on the list received last week, here are some of the women to watch:

JAN GUENTHER, 63 (Photo) - Olympic - Three starts in 2023 with three wins to show for it. Our clear favorite to outrace all women over age 50.

HELEN GUNTHER, 65 - Sprint - AG winner at Lake Minnetonka, Helen is our pic to win the 65-69W age group in the Sprint.

ELENA HENGEL, 27 - Olympic - The only woman to beat Elena this year is two-time National Champion Heather Lendway. Heather is unable to race on Sunday, thus Elena, who won last year's Tri West Sprint, becomes the woman to beat.

MACY IYER, 19 - Sprint - A former Junior of the Year, if Macy races like she did at Buffalo Sprint last month, she should finish in the Top 3. 

ANDREA MYERS, 46 - Olympic -A five-time Master of the Year, Andrea should be the fastest female 40-plusser on Sunday and could crack the women's overall Top 5. ...

VANESSA NAGEL, 36 - Olympic - Winner of three of the last five local races she's done, Vanessa should earn a spot on the women's podium.

CHRISTINA ROBERTS, 39 - Olympic - With almost 30 career tri wins, Christina is always a podium contender.

BRIDGET TETMEYER, 21 - Olympic - A real darkhorse, Tri West win be her first real test as an elite. Her 2nd at Clearwater Olympic last month was a clear demonstration of her trajectory.

ED. We encourage those who intend to spectate at Tri West to consider volunteering. It's fun. It's exciting and theier are cool perks. Think about it, okay?