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Queens University women’s triathlon team wins national championship

The Queens University women’s triathlon team stand on the podium after winning the USA Triathlon 2015 Women’s Collegiate National Championship. Team members, from left, head coach Sonni Dyer, Sina Sontowski, Jessica Tomasek, Caroline Condon, Rebecca Meyerson (partially hidden), Jocelyn Bonney, assistant coach Jeff Dugdale and assistant coach James Bullock.
The Queens University women’s triathlon team stand on the podium after winning the USA Triathlon 2015 Women’s Collegiate National Championship. Team members, from left, head coach Sonni Dyer, Sina Sontowski, Jessica Tomasek, Caroline Condon, Rebecca Meyerson (partially hidden), Jocelyn Bonney, assistant coach Jeff Dugdale and assistant coach James Bullock.

The Queens University women’s triathlon team capped its first season by winning the USA Triathlon Women’s Collegiate Triathlon National Championships, Nov. 7 in Clermont, Fla.

The Royals, an NCAA Division II team competing as a club team in their first year, beat five bigger NCAA Division I programs to win the team title by seven points over Marymount (15-22). UCLA was third with 36 points, followed by California (38), Texas A&M (62) and Colorado (67).

“We displayed incredible race-plan execution, despite being the youngest team in the field,” Queens triathlon coach Sonni Dyer said in a prepared release.

“I’m happy for the championship title, of course, but as a coach I was just moved at how they did it. They won it for each other. They won it for Queens.”

The Royals were helped by the format of the USAT Women’s Collegiate Nationals, which allowed teams to use their high school signees before they begin attending college.

Three of Queens’ signees contributed in the national title win, led by Jocelyn Bonney of Long Beach, Calif., who finished second overall and first in the varsity individual division.

Bonney completed the triathlon – composed of a 750-meter swim, a 20-kilometer bicycle race, and a 5-kilometer run – in 1 hour, 4 minutes and 6 seconds. That time was 1:27 behind NCAA individual champ Abby Levine of Colorado (1:02:39).

Bonney was one of two Royals triathletes to finish among the top 10 individuals. Jessica Tomasek, of San Diego, Calif., and one of Queens’ first signees when the program was started, finished 10th in 1:06.30.

Another first-year signee, sophomore Carolina Condon of St. Petersburg, Fla., finished 13th in 1:07:25, followed by two more high school signees – Sina Sontowski of Knoxville, Tenn., was 36th overall in 1:11:08; and Rebecca Meyerson of Phoenix, Ariz., 41st in 1:11:58.

Jones, Bialkowski named all-SAC

Queens volleyball players Meredith Jones and Elizabeth Bialkowski were named to the all-South Atlantic Conference teams, league officials announced Nov. 19.

Jones was named to the all-SAC first team for the first time after being an honorable mention selection in 2013. Meanwhile, Bialkowski was named all-SAC honorable mention.

Jones, a junior outside hitter, led the Royals with 349 kills, fifth-best in the conference. She also was third in the SAC in kills made in conference matches with 283, and was third in service aces with 44.

Bialkowski, a senior middle hitter, was ninth in the SAC in solo blocks with 14 and sixth in block assists with 68. She also finished with 132 kills.

Brown earns first-team Academic All-America

Queens men’s soccer player Corey Brown was named to the College Sports Information Directors of America’s 2015 Academic All-America first team.

Brown, a junior forward, led the Royals with nine goals and 11 assists. His five game-winning goals ranked 14th-best in the nation among NCAA Division II teams, and he was 18th in the nation in assists.

Brown, who was named South Atlantic Conference’s first-team all-conference, has a 3.94 grade-point average while majoring in biochemistry.

Bill Kiser is a freelance writer: bkisercltobs@gmail.com.

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