Scott is a 24-year-old Bloomington, Indiana native who is part shark. Pet this guy the wrong direction and his shark skin will cut your hand if you are not wearing protective gloves. Before #sendingit in triathlon, Scott graduated from and swam for the University of California, Berkeley with a major in legal studies. During his time on the swim team, they stroked enough #waterwatts for a D1 NCAA championship and three runner-ups. After 4 years of collegiate swimming, Scott boarded an airplane to compete in the 2016 Asia Swimming World Cup cluster, which included meets in Singapore, Tokyo and Hong Kong. At the Singapore World Cup, as a member of the 200 mixed medley relay and the 200 mixed freestyle relay, Scott learned that if you splash hard enough, race officials will #send you straight to the podium and award you with two bronze medals. Last year in the fall of 2018, Scott dipped his toes into sweet triathlon waters in Mexico, tackling Ironman Cozumel as his first ever triathlon (winning the swim for the age group wave in shark-like fashion).
After a winter-long stint as a bona fide ski bum in Japan, Scott moved back to the states and caught the triathlon fever. He had a blast of a summer not having a clue how to train and racing as much as popsicle (possible, sorry that was a typo). After some #sendy success donning only a speedo, Scott reached out for cycling help (shout out to Don Galligher and @revolutionbikeandbean) leading up to August’s USAT nationals in Cleveland. He qualified to represent Team USA at age group world championships in Switzerland next August. His experience at nationals gave him a taste of how rewarding the sport could be and he made the decision to take the leap and tackle triathlon full time with Nor’easter coach James Petersen.
When he is not putting in work on his triathlon game, you might find him coaching swim teams or at the nearest Indian restaurant (you won’t see him standing in line; he called ahead to make sure it was ready when he got there). Didn’t see him there either? Well, he must be out enjoying the great outdoors and expanding his love and knowledge of nature.
Scott cares deeply about healthy competition and the spirit of sport. He feels strongly about prioritizing what is important as well as keeping things lighthearted and fun. From coaching swimmers that range from age 6 all the way to the professional ranks, Scott has learned that a happy athlete is a fast athlete and if the demands of the sport outweigh the fun, it is impossible to perform at full potential.
In the sport of triathlon, Scott has aspirations the size of his chain ring, so give him a follow on Instagram to see what he’s up to or slide into his DMs if you’re interested in his favorite tikka masala recipe.