Triathlon Collegiate Club Nationals: Stanford By RaceMill // April 21, 2015 Answers from Stanford Triathlon Team and Staff.RM: How is the field looking for this years event?ST: The field is looking really tough and competitive. Every year the top times at our conference races get faster and faster and the top finishers are more closely bunched. Should be some fast and exciting racing at Nationals.RM: What has been the mantra for this year? The charge!ST: We focus on key sessions and live by the saying “Race and act like a pro” in the sense that we ask a high standard for our athletes with regards to giving their best and communicating with the coaches. We select team songs each year - this year we picked “I lived” and “Winner of the Game.” We like to get pumped up!!RM: How important is the team concept in each event? How is that communicated to the Club?ST: The collegiate level is one of the few places where you find triathlon as a true team sport and we are very lucky to be a part of it. Racing as a team and cheering for another makes the sport way more fun and rewarding. Our team is close knit and will race our hearts out for each other.RM: How has the growing success of Collegiate Triathlon impacted your program? New opportunities?ST: Our program continues to grow with people coming to the sport with many different backgrounds: from swimming, cycling, and running to crew, soccer, tennis, etc. We also have more athletes with actual triathlon experience joining the team. The draft legal concept in collegiate triathlon is exciting but still in the growing and educating phase; it has increased overall each year and adds another dimension of racing and additional opportunities for our athletes.RM: How is the health of the team leading up to Nationals?ST: All athletes are ready to go!RM: What was the key moment for the team this season?ST: Our conference Championship is our key event for our team – during our season we have races up to 7 hours away between N. and S. California. Conference championships is the one time our entire team comes together and races together!RM: Considering your home base, do you foresee any issues, complications or benefits with the venue in Clemson, S.C.?ST: We are bringing one of our biggest teams to Clemson and are very excited about it. However, this year we are also bringing our smallest women’s team to date - only four ladies will be competing and we are very proud of them.RM: Any special "Thank You's" you would like to make for all those that helped this season?ST: An infinitely massive THANK YOU to our rad coaches Bruce and Gina, the Stanford Club Sports staff, all of the friends and family of our team, and huge thanks to all of our awesome sponsors!