No one really knew where to set expectations for the La Cañada High club triathlon team in its inaugural year.
Michael and David Belcher, senior 17-year old twins at La Cañada, founded the club in January and brought four years of triathlon experience, having competed in more than 100 races, to a team filled with newcomers in seniors Buckley Miller, Max Sivietsen, Brad Cavanagh, sophomore Emory Chesley and freshmen Anastasi Menemenlism and Fiona Chesley.
Whatever expectations were, they were outdone when the team, after a four-race season, clinched the Southwest High School Triathlon Conference's Division II Southern California Championship in the conference's first year on March 24 and competed in the Southwest Regional Championship, which includes California, Nevada and Arizona, on March 31.
"We really exceeded expectations and you know you're kind of shocked when you win a Southern California Championship," said John Belcher, the team's coach and father of Michael and David. "I don't think anyone ever thought that would happen, because it was an inaugural year we didn't know what the completion would be like."