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Welcome to GCU Co-ed Triathlon Club

Come find out about our sport at our 2021-22 Informational Meeting:
Monday, September 13th

5 PM
Bldg. 6 (Natural Sciences)
Room 104

The GCU Co-ed Triathlon Club team is about inspiring and progressing together so that we gain the ability to both complete and compete in triathlons and duathlons of every distance throughout Arizona and the nation.

Triathlon is one sport, containing three events – swim, bike, and run – that will test your mind, body and heart to a completely unique level. Students seek this sport because at its core, it challenges you to become your best. You can go all in and decide to chase the podium, but it’s equally admirable to set your goal of learning the sport and completing your first-ever sprint triathlon. Crossing that finish line knowing you’ve laid down your best effort creates experience and momentum – regardless of where you are in your journey. Those lessons can be translated to every other area of life – with determination, positivity and a purpose to make each moment count.

GCU Co-ed Triathlon Club is about racing fast, living the values of servant leadership, empowering teammates and working together to become our best. Lopes Up!

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GCU Triathlon Club Schedules

Showing 2021-2022

Day Date   Opponent/Details Location Time Score
Saturday 10/30/2021 Merrill Ranch Fall Triathlon Florence (Merrill Ranch) 6:30 AM TBA
Saturday 12/11/2021 4Peaks Holiday Classic Sprint Triathlon Anthem Community Center - Anthem 6:30 AM TBA
Sunday 02/13/2022 Tritonman Triathlon Fiesta Island - La Jolla, CA 7:00 AM TBA
Saturday 03/12/2022 2022 Havasu Sprint Triathlon (Collegiate Conference Regional Championship) Lake Havasu - Lake Havasu City 6:30 AM TBA

GCU Triathlon Club Roster

  • Nova Scott
  • Andre Stablein
  • Harrison Snell
  • Hope Ramsperger
  • Lauren Roe
  • Matthew Johnson
  • Rachel King
  • Sydney Garrison
  • Talia Samuelson

GCU Triathlon Club Coaching Staff

Matt Johnson

Student Co-Head Coach
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Matt Johnson moves into his second year as the student co-head coach for the Grand Canyon University Triathlon Club. This is a position he has been preparing for the last seven years of his life. In his first year with the team, Johnson spent the 2019-20 season observing how former student co-coaches Jake and Nick Windauer, and then Troy Clark, Jr., juggled their studies, internships and jobs while still keeping the club a priority and growing the Lopes’ program. Last year, Johnson took the reins and navigated the program through a pandemic that limited practice times and available meets, yet maintained the strong culture of the team.

 

Johnson first began his quest to become a triathlete when he began cycling seven years ago in his hometown of Everett, Washington near Seattle.  He then became the team captain for the Henry M. Jackson High School Swim team for two years and spent three years running cross country for the Timberwolves.  He also began his coaching career in nearby Bothell, Washington, coaching swimming for a year at the McMenamins Anderson School pool.

 

Johnson enters his senior year at GCU, majoring in Business Management with a minor in Marketing, and is on track to graduate this coming April.

Lauren Roe

Student Co-Head Coach
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After two years of excelling at various triathlons for the Lopes, Lauren Roe adds the title of student co-head coach to her resume’ for the 2021-22 season. A junior at Grand Canyon University, Roe has been a leader for the team ever since she first stepped foot on campus in the fall of 2019.

Roe came to the Valley of the Sun from her hometown of Vacaville, about 30 miles from Sacramento in northern California.  During her days at Vacaville High School, Roe excelled in four different sports, and discovered triathlon because of them.  Roe spent all four years of high school as part of the Bulldogs’ basketball and track teams, becoming team captain on the hardwood for two years.  She was also the team captain for one of her three years with the VHS Cross Country squad, and spent another year playing volleyball.  Her interest in triathlon stemmed from an injury that caused her to take up biking and swimming as cross training for the cross country and track teams, and her love of the sport grew from there.

Once wearing Lopes’ purple, Roe set a high bar immediately out of the gate, placing 6th (out of 259 female athletes) at the Mesa Sprint Triathlon, her very first collegiate triathlon event only a month after coming to campus.  Since then, despite having limited opportunities due to the pandemic, Roe has placed 4th at both the 2019 Lake Pleasant and 2021 ICEMAN Triathlons, and finished 3rd at the 2021 Bartlett Lake Olympic Triathlon. When not competing in triathlons, Roe is a resident assistant on campus, and loves outdoor adventures such as hiking and rock climbing.

Roe is just as dedicated in the classroom, since the former Vacaville High School valedictorian (out of 430 students) is a computer science major at GCU while minoring in cybersecurity. Roe expects to graduate in April of 2023, and will then pursue a career in the technology field.