Rye, NY - This past Sunday, thirty members of the Iona College Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving team joined with a dozen members of the Women’s Basketball to volunteer for their second consecutive volunteer effort at the Westchester Triathlon. The Triathlon, with 1200 competitors, was an Olympic distance event whose proceeds benefit Leukemia research.
“Last year our group was on the stationed on the run course, which was pretty calm,” said Nick Cavataro, Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving coach. “This year, our group was stationed at 15 pivotal high traffic intersections on the course and played a key role in ensuring the safety of the athletes.” The Triathlon featured many skilled athletes including a number of physically challenged competitors riding with missing limbs and some using hand cycles.
“This race really isn’t possible without hundreds of volunteers,” commented Anthony Bozzella, head Women’s Basketball coach. “It was impressive to see such a large field and so many different ages participating in such an amazing event.”
The Iona students were asked to perform a pivotal role in helping to direct competitors and traffic simultaneously and came out as champions. The Overall men’s winner was Eric Linkeman at 1:51 and the women’s winner was Rebecca Wassner at 1:58. Coach Nick Cavataro’s wife Susan, 49, posted her best time in three Westchester-Tri’s and was fifth in age group at 310th overall at 2:31. “Our kids had a great time and we were so happy to help out and make it another memorable Westchester Tri, “ said Cavataro.