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Posted: May 20, 2009  : Add to Mixx! Subscribe to stories like this

Triathlon: Best Of The U.S. Weekend Results: May 16-17, 2009

It's perfectly understandable for new moms to take some time off from racing; some new dads do, too. much time do you get when you have triplets?

Ask Connie Chow-Dowler, the 34-year-old from Kensington, Maryland, who snagged the Best of the U.S. slot for Maryland yesterday at the 26th Annual Columbia Triathlon. Chow-Dowler first earned the honors in 2005, and went on to finish just out of the awards at the inaugural Best of the U.S. Championship, at 11th place. Now she's back, triplets in tow, followed by Suzy McCulloch and Lori Winebrenner, both 29, in the 2nd and 3rd place BOUS spots.

22-year-old Kyle Hooker from Annapolis was 1st BOUS finisher for men, with Zachary Britton, 27, Washington D.C. (which is part of MD for BOUS purposes) and 40-year-old Scott Coon from Bel Air second and third.

Meanwhile, just a jaunt down the eastern seaboard, Set Up Events' Clemson Triathlon produced Best of the U.S. Qualifiers Chris Olson, 36, of Spartanburg and 35-year-old Katharine Welling (also of Spartanburg) repeating as BOUS state champ.

Two veteran BOUS athletes, Mark Woody (39, Chapin, 2008) and Brooks Keys (29, Anderson, 2005) followed Olson onto the BOUS South Carolina podium. Bridget Campbell (26, Bluffton) and Dee Atkins (31, Campobello) joined Welling on the stand, taking 2nd and 3rd.

Kathy Rakel, 24, who represented Arizona last year and took 9th for women at the Championship, won her slot handily, and will represent the Lone Star State, with David Preston taking the men's slot. Confirmation of other medalists coming soon.

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