GILFORD — Well over 3,000 athletes will be congregating in the Lakes Region this weekend for the 14th annual Timberman Triathlon, a grueling event which features swimming, bicycling and and a foot race.
The event kicks off today at the Gunstock Mountain Resort with the Timberman Triathlon Festival from noon to 8 p.m., a sports and fitness exposition which offers seminars for novice and seasoned triathletes as well as music and a dinner.
Saturday morning the focus shifts to Ellacoya State Park on Lake Winnipesaukee where a Sprint event will be held consisting of a 0.3 mile swim, a 15 mile bike ride, and a 3.1 mile run. Some 1,400 athletes from all over the Northeast, including many from the Lakes Region, will be taking part.
Later that day a fun race for kids will be held at Gunstock.
The main event, a 70.3 mile, "half-ironman" triathlon gets underway on Sunday, August 18 at 7 a.m. as the first wave of swimmers enters Winnipesaukee for a 1.2 mile swim, followed by a 56 mile bike ride which goes to Loudon and then returns to Ellacoya, followed by a 13.1 mile run.
That event will see nearly 2,000 athletes and feature a pair of former Ironman 70.3 world champions in the men's race while the women's race features Melissa Hauschildt of Australia, who has won all five Ironman events she has competed in this year.
Men's race favorite Andy Potts of the United States is coming into New Hampshire after recording his second consecutive win at Ironman Lake Placid in July. A former Olympian and the 2007 Ironman 70.3 world champion, will be challenged by Terenzo Bozzone of New Zealand, the 2008 Ironman 70.3 world champion.
Bozzone has already racked up Ironman 70.3 wins in Florida and Mount Tremblant, Quebec, this year while Leon Griffin of Kangaroo Flats, Australia, runner-up in last year's Timberman will be looking to mount a strong challenge. Another top triathlete is Grant Burwash of Canada, who posted the fastest run of the day (1:13:05) at the Calagary Ironman and needs to be close at the end of the bike competition in order to challenge.
In the women's event, Melissa Hauschildt of Australia, the 2011 Ironman 70.3 world champion, has been unbeatable this year, recording five victories, including her recent course record setting win at the Ironman 70.3 Boulder.
She will be challenged by Doctor Amanda Stevens of Vermont, who has won the Ironman South Africa this year and placed third in Brazil.
The New Hampshire chapter of the Make A Wish Foundation and The Ironman Foundation have teamed up for the Timberman for the fifth straight year to raise funds that contribute to the granting of wishes to children with life threatening illnesses.
More than 3,000 athletes will be taking part in the 14th annual Timberman Triathlon at Ellacoya State Park in Gilford this weekend.
Last Updated on Thursday, 15 August 2013 10:54
Perfect conditions for a round of golf greeted the nine-hole Waukewan Ladies League for its August 6 competition and the low scores did not disappoint. More than a quarter of the 42 golfers scored 50 and under in addition to the several who just missed the cut-off by a few strokes.
As President Ridlon read the scores, Jan Pano received loud applause of appreciation for her low score of 44. The clapping continued as Betsy Cox's name was mentioned as shooting a 45, Gerry McGillicuddy a 46 and Kathy Sweeney a 47. Laurie Fox and Barb Saimond each scored a 48, Gloria Ferland, Charlotte Gregory and Carolyn Koczera a 49 and Barb Barbuto and Rose Hansford completed the group with 50's. Laurie was recognized a second time as she won the 50/50 drawing.
There were three golfers who shared the "chip-in" pot. Charlotte Gregory, on hole #2, found her ball in the rough 4' off the back off the green. Charlotte chipped onto the green with an accurate shot that found the bottom of the cup 15 ' away. She added to her precision shots on the next hole by driving with her 6 hybrid to win "closest to the pin". She watched as her ball came to rest 20' 8" from the flag. Linda Ridlon accomplished her chip-in on hole # 4 by chipping just off the green with her 7 iron and watched as it traveled 10' to the forward flag and into the hole. Joslyn Halstead, not to be outdone, accurately chipped her ball on hole #8 from in the rough off the side of the green. Joslyn smiled with a sense of accomplishment as she watched her ball find its mark.
A fun and interesting "contest hole" was played on hole # 5. As the ladies teed off on this hilly, dogleg left hole, a hula-hoop was placed in an area where most tee shots land, although still out of sight. The golfer who placed her shot closest to the hula-hoop was a delighted Nancy Vercauteran who did admit to being a bit lucky. Bonnie Tower was also accurate and lucky as her name was chosen from the ladies who drove their balls beyond the 100-yard sign placed on the 8th fairway. Bonnie estimated that her ball was about 20 yards beyond the sign. On hole #4, Gloria Ferland won "closest to the pin second or third shot" with her precise pitch from forward of the bunker, over the hill guarding the green and onto the green, coming to rest 8' 11" from the flag.
The much-anticipated award of the afternoon went to the foursome of Jan Pano, Betsy Cox, Gail Clarke and Ingrid Smith for their winning score of 35, which was three shots better than the next best foursome's score. Using the two best net scores of the foursome on each of the 5 odd holes and adding those together for the team score was the game of the week named "Odd Holes Only". It was noted by Ridlon that the low round scores of Jan and Betsy were helpful to the winning foursome as well as those welcomed strokes.
The plans for the League's 40th Invitational "Heart of a Woman" are moving forward and VP Kathy Sweeney is collecting the applications. Sweeney cautioned the League to sign up early for this September 11 event as it is filling up fast.
Last Updated on Thursday, 08 August 2013 07:56
All-American Lacrosse Player Sidney Swormstedt Competes in National Showcase (611 wpix sidneyaction)
LACONIA — Sidney Swormstedt returned recently from Florida, where she took part in the 2013 Champion All-American Showcase, a US Lacrosse event, held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista.
''It was such a great experience, playing with the top girls in the country, and such an honor to be there'' said Swormstedt. ''I was one of the youngest players there and I got to play some different positions. I've always played attack, but this time I was a midfielder. I learned some new things which helped make me a more complete player.''
The girls' showcase featured a four-team round-robin pool with 80 players from 27 states. Swormstedt finished with three goals and an assist in three games playing for the Freedom team.
One of four New Hampshire players selected for the showcase, Swormstedt, a member of the Class of 2015 at New Hampton School, was named a US Lacrosse All-American this summer after a standout sophomore season that included 64 goals and 24 assists for the Huskies, who finished the season 10-6 and with a share of the Lakes Region championship.
She also plays soccer and was named MVP of the girls soccer team in her sophomore year.
Swormstedt, a day student at New Hampton who has already verbally committed to the University of North Carolina, comes from an active athletic family. Her parents, Jim and Randy Swormstedt, until recent years were both competitors in the triathlon evens around New England and the Swormstedt name in Laconia is synonymous with athletics.
Her first sport was soccer, where she has played with Seacoast United. For 11 years she took gymnastics at Lakes Region Gymnastics, practicing three to four hours a day, and achieving the strength and flexibility which serve her so well in lacrosse.
Her love of gymnastics remains, however, and her favorite movie is ''Stick It'', a 2006 film which stars Missy Peregrym as a rebellious teen gymnast.
Once she started to play lacrosse, however, she knew that she had found her sport.
''The more I played it, the more I liked it.'' she says.
During the winter months she practices lacrosse every Sunday, playing with the Granite State Elite at the Hampshire Dome in Amherst.
She says that she is fortunate to be playing at New Hampton School and that she and other members of the team are ''wicked close, we're like family'' and that one of her goals now that she has played in a national setting is ''to be a good teammate on and off the field.''
Swormstedt says that New Hampton Coach Jenna McCabe ''is one of the best coaches ever. She has taught me so much.''
McCabe sees a bright future for Swormstedt. "Sidney was such an electric scorer for our team this past season. It's great to see her flourish in such a competitive environment. She is helping to put New Hampton Women's Lacrosse on the map."
Her mother, Randy, says that she's really proud of Sydney's accomplishments. ''She's a great kid and works hard and I expect that will continue at North Carolina.''
She says that her daughter has made the top 25 list for her class level with Inside Lacrosse but the family won't know until the list is published where she is ranked nationally.
Sydney says that she's looking to major ''in something that involves sports'' when she heads off to North Carolina in two years.
Sidney Swormstedt of Laconia, a standout with the New Hampton School Lacrosse team, recently took part in the 2013 Champion All-American Showcase, a US Lacrosse event., held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Courtesy photo)
Last Updated on Thursday, 08 August 2013 07:52
After the previous week's rain-out, the Waukewan Ladies League cheered as the sun shown brightly and the light breezes held little humidity. The game for the July 30 round was called "Throw Out 3".
President Ridlon explained the game as using the two best net scores of the foursome for each hole and then at the end of the round, "throw out" the three worst scores. The total of the remaining 6 scores will be the team's total.
The team of Mary Dickerson, Fran Howe, Kathy Baker and Sharon Corcoran turned in the winning score of 45, which drew applause of appreciation from the League for such a low score.
Jane Flynn and Bobbe Fairman shared the cash from the chip-in pot with their off the green shots. On hole 15, Bobbe was able to putt her ball about 12 ft. uphill to a forward flag. On hole 17, Jane's ball had landed in the thick rough about 5 ft. beyond the green. She chipped accurately to a back positioned flag and watched as it found its mark. Faith Bartlett displayed her precision on 17 as well. Faith found her third shot just onto the green as she approached the green on this par 5 hole. She putted her ball "60 feet" Faith exclaimed, across the elongated green and into the cup. "This year my putting has been the best part of my game" Faith cited.
There were five contest holes this week and Mary Dickerson (19 and below division) and Ingrid Smith (20 and above division) won the longest drive contests on hole 14. The trick with this hole is keeping one's drive on a left to right sloping fairway. On hole 11, which is a 160 yd. par 3, Rose Hansford drove her ball straight as an arrow and measured the distance at 13 ft. after it came to rest to win "closest to the pin". The golfers had a second chance on the same hole to win "closest to the pin-second shot". As she drove the ball and watched it traverse the green, coming to rest 6 ft. off the back, Val Langbehn then chipped her ball just 3 ft. 3 7/8 in. from the pin. And on hole 12, Kathy Sweeney's name was drawn from the collection of ladies' names that landed on the 12 green on their second or third shots. Kathy joined the other winners at the prize table to choose her prize.
Those ladies who managed some challenging conditions to post scores of 50 and under were Denise Doyle with a 47, Charlotte Gregory-49, and Faith Bartlett and Jan Pano -50. Carol Ashton's day was made as her name was drawn as the winner of the 50/50 pot.
President Ridlon discussed the upcoming Invitational that will be held on Wednesday, September 11. The league voted to support New Hampshire's American Heart Association and has themed its 40th Invitational tournament "Heart of a Woman".
Participation was encouraged by all, as this is the signature League event that hosts 100 ladies from all over the state.
Last Updated on Thursday, 01 August 2013 09:12
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