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Saturday, April 13, 2013
Ben Kanute completes sweep


TEMPE, Ariz. -- The University of Arizona's Ben Kanute completed a weekend sweep at the USA Triathlon Collegiate National Championships, winning the Olympic-distance race Saturday. Kanute finished the 1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike, 10-kilometer run at Tempe Beach Park in 1 hour, 46 minutes, 36 seconds. On Friday, he won the draft-legal race. "Everything felt really solid," Kanute said. "It was just a matter of following my pace on the run and going hard to the finish. I wanted to get out to an early lead and try and hold that as long as possible. I knew once I got to the far turnaround and crossed the bridge, it was home free from there." South Florida's Michael Poole was second in 1:47:08. Colorado's Michelle Mehnert won the women's Olympic-distance race in 2:01:13. California's Erika Erickson was second in 2:02:28.