Cardinals take their skills outside the pool

Cardinals take their skills outside the pool

WASHINGTON – The CUA swim team is hard at work preparing for the upcoming season.   Three Cardinals have taken a different approach to their preseason training, with Evan Hundley, Nicole DiGiacinto and Chelsea Doyle recently participating in grueling workouts outside of the pool.

Hundley, a junior on the team, completed the Tough Mudder on September 8 in Frederick, Md.  Hundley became involved with the race because several of his friend had done it before.

"I ran the race individually and finished in 2 hours and 20 minutes," Hundley explained.  "I am waiting to hear back about whether I qualified for World's Toughest Mudder and plan on running this specific race multiple times in the future."

While Hundley ran his race for pure enjoyment and fitness reasons, DiGiacinto and Doyle had a different type of motivation for their participation in the NATIONS Triathlon on September 9 in Washington, DC. 

"My grandmother ran the New York Marathon when she was 49 years old and then my mother caught the fever and completed two Iron Man competitions and multiple marathons," Digiacinto explains.

"My mom and I have completed several triathlons and it's such a thrill that I really can't put into words.  I am so proud to be here at CUA competing in my first NATIONS triathlon.  This isn't about teaming up with strangers, but with my mother, who is my inspiration and I'm very proud to measure up to her talents."

The NATIONS Triathlon benefits the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, giving DiGiacinto and her mother added motivation to compete in the event. 

"I swam the first leg of the event and then handed it over to my mother, who completed the bike and run portion.  There were over 5,000 competitors and it was just awesome!  Our adrenaline was intense and we achieved a podium finish for second place female overall.  Considering we were only a two-woman team, it was an amazing accomplishment, and in a competition filled with seasoned male and female athletes, I think we did pretty well with a 9th place overall result."

Joining Team DiGiacinto in the triathlon was Doyle, who was competing in the event for the first time.  She completed the grueling one-mile swim, 40K bike ride and 10K run in 2 hours and 42 minutes, finishing ninth in her age group.

"I qualified for the national championship in my age group, which will take place next summer," Doyle explained.  "I heard about the race from my mother, who signed up and competed in 2011 through Team in Training, which is a group dedicated to raising as much money possible to help make a difference for cancer patients and their families."

Doyle is far from done competing this fall however, as she will compete in the Annapolis Run for Shelter at Quiet Waters Park Half Marathon on Sunday, October 2.

Hundley, DiGiacinto and Doyle are currently hard at work preparing for the Cardinals upcoming season.  CUA opens the 2012-13 campaign on October 12 when it travels across town to face Division I foes American and George Washington.  Start time is set for 5 p.m.