We're about to see the reemergence of Tony Smoragiewicz. Tony was the bronze medalist at Junior Worlds in Beijing in 2011 and won the PATCO (now CAMTRI) Junior Champs in 2013. He's racing the EDR in Clermont in 10 days, looking to earn his pro card back, he's announced a new wetsuit sponsor on social media....and, more to the point, he's finished with his run commitment at Michigan and ready to come back into triathlon full time.
I spoke with him on the phone mid way through his time in Ann Arbor and he explained it was his intention to swim & bike a bit while running at school. The coach was amenable too, but Tony found himself simply exhausted by the whole shebang: run + school + other workouts. He decided to only run while at Michigan and pick up triathlon when he was finished. This is pretty much the same path that Hunter Kemper chose when he walked-on and ran at Wake Forest. As it happens, Tony, like Hunter, is an extremely likable guy, polite, presents well, and is potentially another phenomenal representative for the US in Triathlon.
Here's what I'm waiting (and wanting) to see...can an athlete now, in today's level of triathlon, commit to single sport for 4 years then return to multisport and be great. I curious not only because of Tony but also because both of the 2016 Junior World Champions are for the USA and are now running full time for universities: Austin Hindman (Mizzou) and Tylor Knibb (Cornell).
I'm eager to hear the speculation from the ST readership.Ian
Nope, doubt it. Unless he has kept a little bit of swim bike going he would need a phenominal run to be anywhere near the guys of today. remember in many of the WTS races now the top 5 are all running sub 30 off the bike.
This to me doesn't look promising "Smoragiewicz (Rapid City, S.D.) won his first Aquathlon Nationals title in 52:00, due in part to his 31:55 10k run split."
if that is his run split for 10k after only a 1500 swim he isn't going to be up there with the big boys.
3000m ind.8:02.62Nashville (USA)
5 km Road14:49San JosÃ© (USA) 24.11.2016
Maybe I am a bit harsh but these are his pb's at 22. there are others already racing who would be faster over 10k who are full time training triathletes.