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Meet the Officers

Meet the 2013-2014 Officer Core!

Listed below are the Cal Poly Triathlon Team's 2012-2013 Officers!
President: Karla Benson
Vice President: Trevor Goehring
Secretary: Lisa Grau
Treasurer: Matt Wolfe
Public Relations: Giorgia Guidicelli
Sponsorship: Robin Tu
Apparel: Tanner Stevenson
Equipment: Kimi Anderson
Event Coordinator: Becca Brookes
March Triathlon Series Race Directors: Connor Choiniere and Sean Sullivan
Heart and Soles Race Director: Emily Paulson
Student Head Coach: Frankie Wiggins
Webmaster: Nick Verbos


Karla "K-Faye" Benson

President



Email:
Quest: To know everyone's name on the team
Favorite Color: Orange
Major: Kinesiology
Year in School: 4th
Year on the team: 4th
Year in the sport:
Favorite Race: Nationals 2013
Hometown: Seattle, Washington
Favorite leg of the Triathlon: Swim!
Fun Fact: I collect postcards!
Favorite Quote: "Be motivated by your desire to achieve rather than your fear of failure" -Gary Mac


Trevor "Tweetmaster" Goehring

Vice President



Email:
Quest: To educate the world on the awesomeness of airplanes
Major: Aerospace Engineering
Favorite Color: Split between green and gold
Year in School: 5th
Year on the team: 3rd
Year in the sport: 3rd
Favorite Race: MTS
Hometown: Oak Park, CA
Favorite leg of the Triathlon: Post-Race Meal
Fun Fact: Airplanes create lift using air pressure differences above and below wings (see 'Quest' section)
Favorite Quote: "What we do in life, echoes in eternity."


Lisa "So glad I TRIed It" Grau

Secretary



Email:
Favorite Color: Purple
Major: Biomedical Engineering
Year in School: 4th
Year on the team: 4th
Year in the sport: 4th
Favorite Race: Long Course Wildflower 2013
Hometown: Pleasanton, CA
Favorite leg of the Triathlon: Bike!
Fun Fact: My favorite place in the world is Sun Valley, Idaho.


Matt "Wolfie" Wolfe

Treasurer



Email:
Favorite Color: Sky Blue
Major: Industrial Engineering BS / Integrated Technology Management MS
Year in School: 5th
Year on the team: 3rd
Year in the sport: 3rd
Favorite Race: Wildflower
Hometown: Orange County
Favorite leg of the Triathlon: Bike
Fun Fact: I tend to howl when there's a full moon out.
Favorite Quote: "When you stop doing things for fun you might as well be dead." -Hemingway
Goal This Year: To beat both my Wildflower Olympic and Long Course best times by doing Wildflower Squared!


Giorgia "G" Guidicelli

Public Relations



Email:
Favorite Color: Green
Major: Nutrition
Year in School: 5th
Year on the team: 2nd
Year in the sport: 2nd
Favorite Race: March Triathlon Series
Hometown: Manila, Philippines
Favorite leg of the Triathlon: Bike
Fun Fact: I can speak a handful of languages but have a pretty confused accent
Why I'm Awesome: I met Chris McCormack in the Philippines this summer!


Robin "I'm so fast you can sometimes see me at two places at the same time" Tu

Sponsorship



Email:
Quest:To fulfill the role of the Dark Lord of Corporate Sponsorship by getting phenomenal deals on triathlon stuff for the team and to turn pro in league of legends
Major: Statistics
Year in School: 3rd
Year on the team: 3rd
Year in the sport: 3rd
Favorite Race: Collegiate Nationals!
Hometown: Monterey Park, CA
Celerbrity Crush: Kristen Bell. Yes. don't even argue this. You're not going to win.
Favorite leg of the Triathlon: Bike! swimming is too hard
Fun Fact: I'm also on the UCI Triathlon Team
Favorite Quote: "all roads lead to normal"
Why I'm awesome: I'm stuff of legends...Didn't you know? According to Urban Dictionary, Robin is "a very outgoing person capable of about everything".


Tanner "Tanman" Stevenson

Apparel



Email:
Quest: To make this team as sexy as I am
Favorite Color: Sunny Yellow and Light Blue (just look at everything I wear and you'll know)
Major: Biomedical Engineering
Year in School: 5th
Year on the team: 4th
Year in the sport: 4th
Favorite Race: Redemptionflower (Wildflower)
Hometown: Fair Oaks, CA
Favorite leg of the Triathlon: Run
Favorite Quote: "GET NAKEEDD!" - Katie Rollins
"GET NAKEEDD!" - Katie Rollins


Kimi "Kiwi" Anderson

Equipment



Email:
Quest: Finish my thesis before the graduation ceremony.
Favorite Color: Orange! Duh :D
Major: Aerospace Engineering
Minors: Physics and Astronomy
Year in School: 5th (and final)
Year on the team: 5th (and sadly final)
Year in the sport: 5th (and hopefully not even close to the final one)
Favorite Race: Wildflower Long Course
Hometown: Burbank, CA
Favorite leg of the Triathlon: Bike!!!
Fun Fact: I am training for Ironman New Zealand on March 1st!
Favorite Quote: "Negative, I am a meat popsicle." - Bruce Willis (The 5th Element)
Why I'm Awesome: I take ice baths like a boss.


Becca "twinkle toes" Brookes

Event Coordinator



Email:
Quest: To get a six pack (of abs that is)
Favorite Color: Teal
Major: Kinesiology
Year in School: 2nd
Year on the team: 2nd
Year in the sport: 2nd
Favorite Race: MTS
Hometown: Kelseyville, California
Favorite leg of the Triathlon: Run!
Fun Fact: Before I started triathlon I was a ballet dancer.
Why I'm awesome: At one time I owned 16 goats!...be jealous


Connor "The Clutch" Choiniere

MTS Co-Race Director



Email:
Quest: Deliver this world's best triathlon, MTS, to the good people of this Earth.
Favorite Color: Blue
Major: Business
Year in School: 3rd
Year on the team: 3rd
Favorite Race: Wildflower
Hometown: Pleasant Hill, CA
Favorite leg of the Triathlon: Swim
Fun Fact: I traveled to nine different countries this past summer.
Why I'm Awesome: Because I understand the art of pogo-sticking.


Sean "I run with Dean Karnazes" Sullivan

MTS Co-Race Director



Email:
Quest: To memorize all Taylor Swift songs.
Favorite Color: Hot Pink
Major: Dairy Science
Year in School: 2nd
Year on the team: 2nd
Year in the sport: 10th
Favorite Race: MTS
Hometown: Johannesburg, South Africa
Favorite leg of the Triathlon: Transition
Fun Fact: Sometimes at night I like to roll myself in a blanket so I feel like a burrito.
Favorite Quotes: Call Me, Maybe (805) 980-2227
Why I'm awesome: I like big butts and I can not lie.


Emily "EMS" Paulson

Heart and Soles Race Director



Email:
Quest: To travel far & love well.
Favorite food: Avocados & dark chocolate (separately)
Favorite Color: Probably teal or sea-foam green, but it depends on the day.
Major: Liberal Studies, Spanish minor/emphasis
Year in School: 5th
Year on the team: 3rd
Year in the sport: 3rd
Favorite Race: March Triathlon Series and Wildflower!
Hometown: Atascadero, not to be confused with Atascabama or Atrashcadero.
Favorite leg of the Triathlon: Bike! Or swim! ... and run!
Fun fact: I lived in South America for 6 months.
Favorite Quote: "You will go out in joy and be lead forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all of the trees of the fields will clap their hands." Isaiah 55:12


Frankie "But you can call me Franklin" Wiggins

Student Head Coach



Email:
Hometown: Long Beach
How Cal Poly Knows Me: 5th year Mechanical Engineer
Tri Team Stats: 5th year, Ex-MTS RD, Ex-President
Fun Fact: My grandma Frieda introduced Kiwifruit to the U.S.
Reason I joined the Team: Katie "Get Naked" Rollins greeted me with smiles and welcoming arms at bike practice!
Favorite Races: Nationals & MTS
Favorite Hidden Bike Ride: Indian Knob, "Get Knobbed!!!"


Nick "MASTA" Verbos

Webmaster



Email:
Quest: To get on The Price is Right
Favorite Color: Green
Major: Computer Science
Year in School: 2nd
Year on the team: 2nd
Year in the sport: 2nd
Favorite Race: Wildflower!
Hometown: Strongsville, Ohio
Favorite leg of the Triathlon: Swim!
Favorite Quote: "Take chances, make mistakes, get messy!" -Ms. Frizzle

Team Sponsors

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