TAIPEI, TAIWAN - Former Richmond standout Julie Rechel combined with her two fellow countrywomen to claim the U.S. team's first-ever gold medal at the World University Games Triathlon Championships in Taipei, Taiwain, on June 30.
"This is a great achievement for Julie and her teammates," said Director of Track & Field and head women's coach Lori Taylor. "We are proud of her achievements as a student-athlete and continue to be proud and impressed with her dedication and commitment to the goals she has set for herself after graduating. She is a driven student who carries the same intensity to the competition she faces. I hope people realize the significance of the team's first-ever gold medal and the foundation she and her teammates have laid for the women who will follow. It's a groundbreaking achievement for the sport in the U.S., and their willingness to compete with and win against the best under-23 athletes in the world is truly inspirational."
Rechel was a standout both on the field and in the classroom during her time at Richmond. In addition to leading the Spider women to their third Atlantic 10 Cross Country Championship as a senior in 2010, the '11 alumna capped off her collegiate career as the recipient of the University's "Student-Athlete Presidential Citation for Academic Achievement" award honoring the Spider student-athlete who maintained the highest cumulative GPA (3.97/Physics) over her four years on campus. She is currently pursuing her Doctor of Pharmacy at VCU.
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