Queens is pleased to announce the addition of swim and triathlon clubs. These competitive clubs are led by Head Swimming Coach and Director of Aquatics Jeff Dugdale and coordinated by John Long, an All-American, Olympic trial qualifier and Queens school record holder. Long graduated from Auburn University with a bachelor's degree in Exercise Science where he studied high intensity interval training (HIIT) for triathletes. Since then, he has continued to develop his coaching skills by working with Dugdale and SwimMAC CEO and Olympic Coach David Marsh.
Students who are part of the swim club will have many opportunities to take on leadership, management and volunteer roles at elite competitions such as the Charlotte Grand Prix. The swim club is set to be part of a competitive conference and will compete at the Collegiate Club Championships hosted by Georgia Tech.
The triathlon club was put in place after looking at the rise of triathlon interest over the years. Since 2000, the USAT total membership activity has grown nearly 350 percent and approximately 2,000,000 people participate in triathlons annually. Queens plans to pursue USAT membership as well as membership in the Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Triathlon Conference, a highly competitive conference that includes schools such as Georgetown, Duke, Davidson and UNC-Chapel Hill.
Queens' location is ideal for swimmers and triathletes who will be able to combine cycling and running circuits in Myers Park with the new, state-of-the-art pool in the Levine Center.
On November 7, 2015, the Queens University women's triathlon team celebrated its first season with a win at the USA Triathlon Women's Collegiate Triathlon National Championships in Clermont, Fla. The Royals are a Division II team, but they competed as a club team in their first year. Queens defeated five larger Division I programs: Marymount, UCLA, California, Texas A&M and Colorado.
The men's triathlon team will compete for the USA Triathlon Collegiate Club Championships on April 24, 2016.