The MSOE triathlon program was announced last October and the Raiders have put together a strong roster of returning student-athletes and true freshmen to allow them to hit the ground running.
Head coach Allie Nicosia has capitalized on the excitement of triathlon to add some valuable experience with eight student-athletes that have triathlon experience.
Senior Alex Muench was one of the first names on the roster when Nicosia came on board and has the most triathlon experience. She completed her cross country eligibility last season and competed in track & field for three seasons.
Junior Maia Heineck and sophomore Nikky Weise are veterans from the track & field program. Heineck's specialty has been sprints and throws, where she claimed a league javelin championship as a freshman. Wiese is a jumper but both have several triathlons under their belts.
Juniors Sam Brooker and Rachel Ruona were already multi-sport athletes at MSOE as members of the women's basketball and track & field teams. Brooker has also run cross country in each of her first three years. Both have taken to the new discipline and have past triathlons on their resumes.
A pair of triathletes joined the program after playing with the softball team for two seasons each in sophomores Riley Rossbach and Kiki Davis. Rossbach was an accomplished swimmer in high school while Davis' prep experience came in cross country.
A trio of freshmen round out the roster in Ingrid Petersen, Kendall Marks, and Morgan Traughber. Petersen is already one of the more experienced triathletes with about eight races completed. Marks and Traughber are also experienced coming in and looking to grow in the sport.