Kings Point, NY -- Sean Tedesco, Head Coach of the Kings Point men's and women's swimming and diving teams finished the 2012 Ironman U.S. Championship this past weekend, inspiring himself and his student athletes to continually persevere through adversity; both physically and mentally.
The inaugural 2012 Ironman U.S. Championship was a new addition to the prestigious Ironman global series. The 140.6-mile race, beginning at 7:00 AM Saturday August 11th, took place in parts of both New York City and New Jersey; making it the most metropolitan environment ever to host an Ironman competition.
The course included a 2.4-mile swim in the Hudson River; a 112-mile bike ride on the Palisades Parkway in Bergen and Rockland counties; and a 26.2-mile run beginning in New Jersey and finishing in Riverside Park in Manhattan. Each participant was required to finish the race in 17 hours, meeting cutoff checkpoints along the way.
Tedesco, who has spent the past year training for this race, is a multiple Tri-Athlete All-American and completed in his first Ironman competition in 2004, the Ironman Wisconsin.
"I signed up for the race to challenge myself," said Tedesco. "Also, I am trying to set an example for my swimming and diving team. We push our athletes hard and expect them to just listen and do it. I believe that setting an example from time to time motivates them to accomplish great things."
Under Tedesco the USMMA men's swimming and diving team has won 11 consecutive conference titles; five as a member of the Landmark Conference and six dating back to the Skyline Conference. Individually, his athletes have also excelled winning a total of five individual NCAA National Championships, as well as multiple All-American and All-Conference distinctions.
Holding true to the Academy's motto, "Acta Non Verba," Tedesco continually encourages his athletes to better themselves demonstrating his commitment to Deeds Not Words.