This team would not be possible if not for the incredible efforts of the Coaches and the Board. These people embody everything that Cal Tri is about and are responsible for turning 150 people into a wonderful, close-knit family and a destructive, dominating team.
Head Coach: Dean Harper
- President: Louie Cao, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Internal (Training) Vice President: Anna Kudej, email@example.com
- External (Racing) Vice President: Elena Ouyang, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Treasurer: Aisia Azus , email@example.com
- Public Relations Coordinator: Lyn Stoler, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Apparel Director: Giorgia Willits, email@example.com
- Social/Recruitment Chairs: Mariko Stenstedt, Melissa Lopez, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
- Education Director: Jocelyn Vides, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Volunteer/Fundraising/Alumni Outreach Coordinator: Agnes Zhu, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Secretary: Katherine Hoolihan, email@example.com
- Web Master: Yannie Yip, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Bearathlon Director: Vincent Bartle, email@example.com
“Ahhhh yeeeee“- Louie Cao
Louie Cao aka El Presidente is a Senior at Cal. In addition to his presidential duties, Louie is an active member of the Bearathlon Board and a swim coach for Cal Tri. In his free time “Guey Louie” enjoys casual 150 mile bike rides around the Bay, rapping, backpacking, and eating way too many Stroopwafels and Gu. Louie puts triathlon above everything else, only taking a break to take (and ace) the MCATS. If you ever want to watch full ITU races, go on a Trader Joe’s run or have a conservation solely in Facebook stickers, Louie is the man for you. He is truly doper than the Caribbean. #flipflopsfordays
Anna Kudej, Internal (Training) Vice President
Anna Kudej isn’t your average blonde girl from Conneticut. Growing up as a swimmer, she was never satiated by one sport and often competed in others like track and field and basketball. When she arrived at Cal and discovered triathlon, she finally found the perfect mix. When she got sick of swimming, all she had to do was jump onto her bike or go for a grueling run. Anna also has a passion for all things Spanish and is our team’s connoisseur on Granada. Ask her anything about triathlon or Spain and she will have an answer ready in a heartbeat. As a senior majoring in Society and Enviornment and minoring in Global Poverty and Practice, this east coast chica plans to focus on water availability and sanitation in Latin America. Be sure to look out for her in the water!
Elena is just a country girl living in a big city. Her dream was to major in agricultural business, but since it wasn’t offered at Berkeley, she naturally ended up in computer science.
In her first year at Berkeley, she took on the role of baritone in the Golden Overtones, but could not make it through a solo without farting. After extensive anti-flatulence therapy, Elena took on a prestigious career as an iceberg, setting the world record for largest ship ever sunk. Shortly thereafter, she decided to settle down and become a tiger mom. Her offspring were required to play two instruments and a different sport each year. After ”the incident”, however, Elena was left only with the ability to swim, bike, and run in that order. Elena is well on track to winning the overall swim split at Nationals this year — a stepping stone toward achieving her goal of becoming a heart-shaped potato.
Don’t talk to her. She’s better than you. And kicks puppies.
Meet our favorite Bay Area native, cute girl-next-door Aisia Azus, born and raised in the lovely city of San Francisco. Aisia is in her fourth year at Cal as a Public Health major. She started competitive swimming when she was 10, and began her triathlon career since her first year in college. Last year, she won the Most Improved Female award, which really speaks for her 101% dedication to her training over the years! In addition to being a diligent triathlete, Aisia has been an indispensable student coach at swim practices, and also a meticulous treasurer for our team this year. In her free time, Aisia loves to bake cookies and indulge in the works of the prodigious Tolkien, her secret obsession. If you haven’t had a chance to meet Aisia, your life is missing out on something majorly adorable. In all of mankind’s recorded history, not a living, breathing being in her demure presence has not been charmed by her forever rosy cheeks and heartfelt smile that brightens up the darkest of days.
Martha Morrissey, Sponsorship
Martha Morrissey, who also answers to Flo-Rida, Marth, or her personal favorite, Murda (actually, don’t call her this or she’ll get very mad at her roommate of three years, this year’s training VP, Anna Kudej) is one of this year’s Sponsorship Chairs. She hails from Tampa, Florida and is a senior at Berkeley, majoring in Geography and minoring in Geospatial Information Technology. Martha loves to bake, especially anything vegan or with Nutella. Also, make sure to talk to her about her study abroad adventure, in Brisbane, Australia, where she trained with local triathletes and the University of Queensland Team. She has already set us up with some sweet sponsors and is sure to rock this season!
Vincent Bartle, one of this year’s Sponsorship Chairs, was not always a badass triathlete. In high school he was a running back and competed in the mile for his community college. Vincent is a junior studying Business here at Berkeley. Cook him anything spicy or bake him bread pudding and you will have the key to his heart! This past summer Vincent studied abroad in Nice, France, but says his favorite place in the world to date is Geirangerfjord, Norway. Catch him on the bike, as this is his favorite discipline out of the three, or planning for our own Cal Triathlon race, as this year’s Bearathlon Race Coordinator!
Lin who prefers to go by Lyn, is a second year pre-med majoring in MCB and minoring in Global Poverty and Practice. Since her medicine for a cold is Nutella we know she’ll be a stellar doctor. Lyn grew up in SoCal playing water polo. We’re so glad she switched to the best sport in the entire world when she joined Cal Tri! Her hobbies include baking/cooking, snap chatting any kind of food, camping, and traveling! If you ever need culinary inspiration check out her snapchat! Some of her cooking/baking specialties include: pastries, scones, pesto, and caprece salad. She spent the summer abroad eating and cooling in Europe with a little physics on the side.
There’s more than meets the eye to Giorgia Willits, our team’s apparel director. This gorgeous Canadian left her native land of donuts and apologetic citizens and grew up as a swimmer in Orange County. After she joined the triathlon team here and fell in love with cycling, she realized how useful her cycling skills were in running away from the hoards of boys from her computer science classes who chased anything that looked like a girl. When she isn’t being chased down for looking like a mini Cindy Crawford, she’s probably either running a Netflix marathon (which still counts as running, as long as it’s recorded on strava) or scrapbooking away. Whatever it is, I’m sure she’ll make our team look as hot as she is this coming year.
Mariko Stenstedt, Social Chair
Mariko Stenstedt is from the island in the bay, and no we’re not talking about Alcatraz. She’s from the quaint little city of Alameda, a place where you can get a ride in with a whopping, quad-killing…. 0ft elevation gain. But don’t be fooled, as a runner in high school, Mariko left her illustrious 800m and 1600m career to pursue triathlons instead. And with an impressive 2:29 finish at nationals last year as a freshman, she’s got an incredibly bright career in front of her. Mariko is easily one of the most dedicated individuals on the team, regularly attending those 7am Bensday rides. When Mariko wasn’t busy being a stud athlete last year, she established herself early on as a prime candidate for social chair with her renowned “freshman girl movie nights” at Clark Kerr. Her creativity has no bounds, and we’re excited to see what fun things she has planned this coming year as our social & recruitment chair.
Melissa Lopez, Social Chair
Jocelyn Vides, Education Director
Jocelyn, one of our star draft legal athletes, isn’t one who is easily pleased. To impress her on a date, you would probably have to swim, bike, and run with her and simultaneously provide her with cookies. If not, then you should just probably leave her alone to nap. Her other passions include sleeping, eating, and people watching. When she isn’t crushing it at fast transitions, she’s probably just beating you out of transition, giving you no hope of joining her draft pack. Here at cal, she’s currently pursuing a psychology degree, which honestly comes in 3rd after crushing enemies at triathlon and eating piles of desserts. Racing as a junior elite since she was in diapers, Jocelyn is the perfect education chair for the endless questions that any beginner may have – if you bring cookies, of course.
Agnes Zhu, Volunteer/Fundraiser Coordinator
Heralding from the exhilarating state of Indiana is your fundraising/volunteer/alumni chair, Agnes Zhu! Agnes has also lived in Switzerland, loves to travel, and loves food. Not only can she swim, bike, and run, but she can also speak three languages in addition to being one of the nicest people you will ever meet. There will be plenty of opportunities to spend some quality time with our lovely fundraising/volunteer/alumni at fundraising events throughout the year!
Katherine Hoolihan, Secretary
Katherine might only be in her second year on the team and at Cal, but she already has solidified her place as one of the top athletes on the team. Originally a runner from Socal, Kat picked up swimming and biking with ease, and now strikes fear into the hearts of the guys on Saturday rides. As the team’s secretary, she’ll combine her triathlon prowess with her supernatural note-taking, form-filling, and roster-checking skills to lead the team to an inevitable national championship. When she’s not utterly obliterating the competition, Kat can be found at Smart Alec’s carbo-loading on corn bread.
If you are reading this page right now, you can thank our very own Webmaster, Yannie Yip. When she’s not busy working on the Cal Tri website or studying for her demanding load of CS classes, you can find her trying new recipes, reading, writing, tumblring, or secretly obsessing over Leo Dicaprio—the younger version. If you get the chance to talk to this busy third year, be sure to ask her about her love for traveling. She can tell you all about her experiences this past summer in Spain, or maybe even converse with you in one of the five different languages she knows. Out of the three sports, running is definitely her favorite. Her love for running has carried over from her cross country career in high school, and she still maintains the impressive ability to smile at the end of a race.
Dean Harper, Head Coach
Dean completed his first triathlon in August 1981. He won the first race he entered and has been hooked on the sport ever since. He competed as a professional triathlete from 1982-1986 alongside the early legends of the sport—Dave Scott, Mark Allen, Scott Molina and Scott Tinley. He won the first Wildflower triathlon in 1983, and again in 1986. He won the first USAT Long Course championships in 1983, was 8th in Hawaii in October 1982 and won several other pro races in those years. He was on the first cover of Triathlete Magazine and graced its cover one other time.
Dean started practicing law and raising a family beginning in 1987 and only competed a few times in the next 15 years, but followed the sport during those years and never gave up his subscription to Triathlete Magazine. He began competing heavily again as an age grouper in 2003 and competed in around 80 races from 2003 to 2010. During that time, he was ranked as the top male athlete in my age group in the country 3 times. He once held 10 Tri-California age group records (including Alcatraz, Wildflower, Pacific Grove and Treasure Island), won his age group in the Long Course National Championships in 2004, the Short Course Nationals in 2008, and the Short Course World Championships on the Gold Coast in Australia in 2009. He competed in several Ironman races, winning his age group in Arizona in 2005 and was third in his age group in Hawaii in 2008.
Dean has 3 children who all swam for D1 schools, with 2 of them, Greg and Shelley, highly successful members of Cal Tri who posted the fastest swim times at Collegiate Nationals in 2013.
He has coached on and off during his years as a competitive triathlete, but is now focusing on being the best coach he can be.
Jason Campbell, Assistant Coach
A lifelong resident of California, Jason started swimming competitively when he was five years old and continued through high school into his first (and only) year of competitive collegiate swimming at UCSD. He ran cross country and swam in high school and achieved what would now be considered first team all-league honors in both disciplines. He graduated from San Marcos High School in 1979 and attended UCSD from ’79 through the spring term of ’81. He swam his first year at UCSD as an all-around utility swimmer. He transferred to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in the fall of ’81 and eventually graduated with a BS in Architectural Engineering in the spring of ’84. He continued his education at UC Berkeley that fall and completed a Masters of Engineering in Structural Engineering and Structural Mechanics in ’86. He has been a consulting structural engineer ever since and is currently the sole proprietor of a small engineering firm in Oakland, Ca. He is married to Marcy Campbell and has two sons and two step-sons. His oldest son graduated from Cal’s School of Environmental Science last May (2015) and his younger son is currently a junior at Cal in the Haas School of Business.
Being raised in San Diego, the theoretical “Birthplace of Triathlon” and having competed as a runner and swimmer, it was natural for Jason to pursue triathlon as the next challenge. He competed in his first multi-sport event, The Horny Toads Half Ironman, in August of 1981. With the exception of a 10 year hiatus in the ‘90’s, he has raced ever since in over 200 local, national and international triathlons. While never racing in the professional division, he was and still is a top age-group triathlete. He holds age-group course records in the well-attended Wildflower and Pacific Grove Olympic Distance events as well as on various smaller Bay Area courses. He has placed 2nd in the US Olympic Distance National Championships 3 times (’07, ’11, ’15) and 9th (’05), 6th (’06) and 5th (’14) in the ITU World Olympic Distance Championships. As of the beginning of the 2015-16 school year, he is 1rst in the USATriathlon national divisional rankings.
Robert Craven, Assistant Coach