Ben Gadomski Competes at the 2010 USAT Collegiate Triathlon National Championships

While most spring breakers in Lake Havasu, Arizona relaxed on the beaches, a group of crazy individuals lined up to swim a mile, bike 25 miles, and run 6 miles in the Lake Havasu Triathlon in an effort to qualify for Colorado State University’s national championship team.  Ben Gadomski, a first year biomedical engineering PhD student was among that group over spring break.  Each year seven men and seven women are selected to represent their school at the USAT Collegiate Triathlon National Championships, this year held in Lubbock, Texas.  On a beautiful Saturday morning, Ben was the first place finisher among CSU triathletes and 20th overall of 324 finishers. ben
As a track and cross-country runner in high school and a competitive cyclist at his undergraduate institution, Tri-State University, triathlon was a natural step for Ben.  He’ll be the first to admit that he has little love for the water though.  In fact, en route to his 20th place finish at Lake Havasu, he was one of the last CSU athletes out of the swim before gaining the majority of lost time back on the bike. 
As one of the seven national championship team members, Ben traveled to Lubbock, Texas to compete in the national championship race on April 17th.  Less than ideal conditions met the team when they arrived.  Heavy winds and cool temperatures caused race officials to shorten the swim by nearly 1000 meters.  The CSU team overcame the weather, however, and the men’s team finished 9th out of 100 teams while Ben finished 22nd in the graduate student division.  “It’s certainly not a bad place to finish in a national level race, but I’ll be back looking for more next year,” Ben commented about his performance.  “I’m very proud to be part of such a special team with such amazing individuals.  Without their hard work and support none of this would be possible.”
Ben’s current graduate research is under advisor Christian Puttlitz.  He is involved with lumbar spine finite element modeling and dynamic stabilization device design.