Competitors in the first of six heats at the Spring Lake Indoor Triathlon crank out some serious wattage on Sunday at the Spring Lake Community Aquatic and Fitness Center. The first wave was made up of Don Correll, Billie Anderson, Bob Glavich, Jim Rice, Jan Host and Laurie Walsworth -- MIsportOnline photo.

Competitors in the first of six heats at the Spring Lake Indoor Triathlon crank out some serious wattage on Sunday at the Spring Lake Community Aquatic and Fitness Center. The first wave was made up of Don Correll, Billie Anderson, Bob Glavich, Jim Rice, Jan Host and Laurie Walsworth. MIsportOnline photo

Joel Anderson, 36, of Spring Lake and Megan Aney, 30, of Muskegon, swept the three-race West Michigan Indoor Triathlon Series with wins Sunday in the season finale at the Spring Lake Community Fitness and Aquatic Center.

Joel Anderson

Joel Anderson

The dynamic duo won in December at the Norton Pines Athletic Club and in January at the Muskegon Family YMCA.

Aney has now won the series twice, her first overall title coming in 2011. “We had a bigger group from the Muskegon Y this year, so that was fun. We all pushed one another harder,” said Aney.

Megan Aney

Megan Aney

Aney dominated the entire field, men and women, in the swim to win the women’s overall on Sunday with 273.03 points. Sarah DePhillips, 30 of Whitehall, was second with 252.70 and Laurie Walsworth, 56, of Fruitland Township, finished third with 236.88.

Anderson’s thin margin on the bike Sunday in Spring Lake gave him the slight edge he needed to score a near-perfect 299.21 points. He needed every single point to hold off USA Triathlon 2011 men’s 30-34 sprint national champion Randall Wood’s fierce challenge. Wood, 31, of West Olive, was second with 293.81 and Larry Haynor, 47, of Paw Paw, took third with 267.75.

Joel Anderson churns out some of his men's best 22.5 laps in the Spring Lake Community Aquatic and Fitness Center's 8-lane pool. Anderson narrowly edged national age group spring champion Randall Wood for the win Sunday. MIsportOnline photo.

Joel Anderson churns out some of his men’s best 22.5 laps in the Spring Lake Community Aquatic and Fitness Center’s 8-lane pool. Anderson narrowly edged 2011 national age group sprint champion Randall Wood for the win Sunday. MIsportOnline photo

Competitors raced six to each heat, starting with a 15-minute swim in the Spring Lake center’s 8-lane pool, followed by 15 minute cycling on Trek bikes set up on Cycle-Ops indoor trainers (both provided by Breakaway Bicycles), then finished with a 15-minute run ‘round the fitness center’s indoor track.

The series’ unique scoring format awards 100 points each for the top men’s and women’s swim, bike and run of the day. Points are awarded as a percentage of the day’s top performance. For instance, if the top woman ran 30 laps, a woman finishing 15 laps scored 50 points.

Men

“I was going for that perfect score today,” said Anderson. “I figured I’d put down a heavy bike and maintain on the run, but it made the run harder.”

Competitors in the fourth heat near the finish on the indoor track Sunday at the Spring Lake Community Aquatic and Fitness Center. MIsportOnline photo.

Competitors in the fourth heat near the finish on the indoor track Sunday at the Spring Lake Community Aquatic and Fitness Center.MIsportOnline photo

 

 

 

Wood gave Anderson a run for his money nearly matching him in the swim and beating him by a ¼ lap on the run (31¾ to 31½).  “Randall did a nice race,” Anderson said. “He pushed hard. He put in a good run. He went after it hard and looked good.”

Anderson’s winning margin of 5.4 points came on the bike, where he rode to a hair under a ½-mile advantage – 9.65 miles to 9.16 for Wood.

Anderson will dial back his training for the next six weeks to recover from a bulging disc, then resume his buildup for Ironman Wisconsin, Sept. 8 in Madison.

Women

Once again, Aney’s complete dominance of the swim leg gave her an unassailable lead from the start. None in the 14-strong women’s field could swim nearer than 73 percent of the swift 23½ laps Aney laid down with her silky smooth swim stroke. In fact, no one in the 40-racer field, man or woman, could beat Aney in the pool – men’s overall winner Anderson posting the best men’s swim of 22½ laps with runner-up Wood right behind him with 22¼.

DePhillips’ 27 laps was the top women’s run split and Walsworth set the women’s biking mark at 8.35 miles. Aney was fifth on the bike (7.18 miles) and second in the run (23½ laps).

Aney’s summer race plans include the Harbor Coastal Crawl Open Water Swim, Aug. 4, in Harbor Springs.

The back of race director Don Correll's t-shirt said it all Sunday at the Spring Lake Indoor Triathlon.

The back of race director Don Correll’s t-shirt said it all Sunday at the Spring Lake Indoor Triathlon. MIsportOnline photo

 Spring Lake Indoor Triathlon

(Feb. 10 at Spring Lake Community Fitness & Aquatic Center)

Overall winners

MEN

Joel Anderson, 36, Spring Lake – 299.21

WOMEN

Megan Aney, 30, Muskegon – 273.03

AGE GROUP WINNERS

MEN

30-34 – Randall Wood, 293.81; 35-39 – Joel Anderson, 299.21; 45-49 – Larry Haynor, 267.75; 50-54 – Peter Shireman, 260.77; 55-59 – Al Angel, 214.84; 60 & older – Don Correll, 244.98.

WOMEN

25-29 – Mindy Bond, 204.59; 30-34 – Megan Aney, 273.03; 35-39 – Naomi Vansingle, 222.47; 40-44 – Dena Thayer, 225.62; 45-49 – Barb Udell, 166.47; 50-54 – Shelley Irwin, 214.10; 55-59 – Laurie Walsworth, 236.88.

Click below for complete results:

MEN

WOMEN

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West Michigan Indoor Triathlon Series Champions

Overall winners

(perfect series score – 900)

MEN

Joel Anderson, 36, Spring Lake – 887.45

WOMEN

Megan Aney, 30, Muskegon – 818.53

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Age group winners

MEN

25-29 – Mike Danhof, 541.47;  35-39 – Joel Anderson, 887.45; 45-49 – Larry Haynor, 756.79; 50-54 – Terry Zahniser, 542.92; 60 & older ­ Bill Anderson, 604.10.

WOMEN

25-29 ­– Sarah DePhillips, 749.26; 30-34 – Megan Aney, 818.53; 30-39 – Amy Kelly, 687.98; 40-44 – Dena Thayer, 708.13; 55-59  – Shelley Irwin, 685.75.

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