Charlee Simanskey, 14, of Midland brought home the top MI female podium finish from USA Triathlon’s Youth and Junior National Championships July 30-31 in West Chester, Ohio.TriathlonICON

Simanskey finished the 375-meter swim, non-drafting 10K bike and 2.5K run in 35:06, just 14 seconds off the winning pace to take 3rd in the Female Youth Age 14 Division.

Clara James-Heer, 10, of Coopersville finished 5th overall in the Female Youth 7-10 race and missed the Female Youth Age 10 podium by less than 4 seconds. James-Heer finished the 100-meter swim, non-drafting 5K bike and 1K run in 20:07.33.

Alexandra Schwein, 19, from Ellsworth powered through field on the 20K draft-legal bike leg to finish 17th in the tough Female Junior Elite field in 1:08:57. The elite race started with a 750-meter swim and finished with a 5K run.

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