Hartland (Mich.) High School’s Avery Evenson, one of the most decorated prep runners and swimmers in the state of Michigan, has elected to train full-time for triathlon as a part of the Colorado Springs-based Elite Triathlon Academy (ETA) beginning in January 2013.
See the complete announcement from USA Triathlon below:
Evenson, who will graduate early in December 2012, will become the ninth athlete training with the landmark multisport program. The ETA provides the United States’ up-and-coming triathletes the opportunity to receive a top-notch college education while benefitting from full-time coach Romas Bertulis and the nation’s best training resources.
Featuring world-class support from USA Triathlon and the U.S. Olympic Committee, ETA student-athletes attend the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, one of the fastest-growing universities in Colorado and the nation, and have full access to the resources of the U.S. Olympic Training Center.
The aim of the ETA is to develop potential Olympic triathletes into medal contenders on the sport’s biggest stages, including the Olympic Games and the ITU World Championships.
Evenson placed fourth at the August 2012 USA Triathlon Junior Elite National Championship in just her third-ever triathlon event. She earned all-state honors in cross country, track and swimming at Hartland and holds school records in all three sports. Evenson was a three-time county athlete of the year pick.
Despite being a relative newcomer to multisport, Evenson turned down NCAA Division I scholarship offers in swimming and running to join the ETA. “After visiting the Elite Triathlon Academy, I cancelled my remaining recruiting trips and committed,” Evenson said. “I was honored to be invited to attend and can’t wait to get started in January.”
To ETA Director Keith Dickson, Evenson represents the type of athlete who can thrive in multisport. “If you have that kind of athlete, triathlon is a great sport. You get the ability to spread that athleticism across the board,” Dickson said. “That’s the kind of person Avery is. She’s a real athlete as evidenced by her single-sport performances in running and swimming. We have enough time to develop her.”