VMI Well Represented at Aquathlon Worlds
Maj. Pieter deHart
LEXINGTON, Va., Sept. 7, 2011 – Two members of the VMI community were among the 19 members of Team USA to win medals at the 2011 International Triathlon Union Aquathlon World Championships held Sept. 7 in Beijing, China.
Maj. Pieter deHart, assistant professor of biology, won the silver medal in his age group, male 30-34, in the 2.5-kilometer run, 1,000-meter swim, 2.5-kilometer run event. Maj. Jenny deHart, physical plant staff engineer and sustainability coordinator, won the bronze medal in her age group, female 30-34.
Pieter deHart completed the event in 34 minutes, 17 seconds while Jenny deHart did it in 40 minutes, 35 seconds.
“It took awhile to get into rhythm on the swim, but I knew that was a strong point for me, and I just tried to hold on that last run with everything I had left,” said Pieter deHart, who won bronze at last year’s world championship in Budapest, Hungary.
The two qualified for the championships in events held earlier this year and last year, with Pieter deHart successfully defending his title as USA Triathlon Aquathlon national champion in his age group in Colorado last May.