Lauren Looper, a 20-year-old attending the United States Military Academy, and daughter of Linda and Bill Looper of El Dorado Hills, took the national women’s title at the Ironman Collegiate National Championship held in Austin, Texas, Oct. 6.
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The championship event was a half ironman requiring athletes to swim 1.2 miles, bike 56 miles and run 13.1 miles for a 70.3 mile total distance. She completed the race in 4:52.33.
Over 56 miles of rolling Texas countryside, Looper averaged 21.9 mph on the bike. Equally impressive was her 1:38:01 half marathon time over a difficult, cross-country style course. Her total time was nine minutes faster than any athlete in her age group.
Looper is a senior at West Point where she has a double major in Arabic and comparative politics. She is a 2007 graduate of Oak Ridge High School and was a former Trojan track and cross country runner in high school.