Posted by: Heart of America News | September 21, 2015

CyMan Caps Off One Season, Kicks Off Another

by Ron Adkins

Heart of America Triathlon News

 2015Cyman20CyMan 2015 is a busy way to cap off the local triathlon season. It’s actually four races in one. 130 triathletes gathered at Lake Petocka near Bondurant, Iowa, to compete in either the Sprint, Olympic, Heart of America championship, or Collegiate divisions.

While CyMan represents the championship race of the 2015 Heart of America season, it is also the opening event for 2016. Points earned at the CyMan count toward next year’s standings. 

Heart of America points winners raced in a special champion wave, and finish times were then age-equalized. The top five age-equalized times win free entries next year.

2015Cyman22Kim Sprenger of Iowa City won the Championship wave for the women. Points champ Brita Loynichan was second, with Ann Vestle, Tami Fiala, and Jill Snitko rounding out the top five.

Guy Olson of Cedar Rapids topped the leaderboard for the men, with points champ Dave Steines just behind. Adam Kassem, Fred Hemsath, and Craig Goldsmith also finished in the money.

For complete Heart of America Series final results, visit

The CyMan is the Iowa State University Triathlon Club’s main event, and a qualifier for Collegiate Nationals. The top collegiate male was Alex Hershey with a 2:10:14. First place female was Hannah Eldridge at 2:34:50.

Athletes couldn’t have asked for a better day. The weather was downright autumnal, with crisp morning air, near cloudless skies, and a brisk breeze. Water temperature for the swim leg was a balmy 77 degrees.

Ryan Long of Omaha, was the first male across the line in the Sprint, clocking a 1:09:51. Top female honors went to Zoe Sirotiak of Des Moines with a 1:21:15.

The top male in the Olympic distance was Eric Prilip of Dubuque, coming in at 2:19:33. The top female was Laura Moeller of Ankeny, with a 2:34:39.

Full results at


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