Meet the 2015-2016 Tribuck Officers!


Beth “Lizard” Cymanski

Position: President
Major: Engineering Physics
Expected Graduation: 2016
Hometown: Hiram, OH
Sports Background: Cross Country, Track, and Swimming in high school.  Both parents are ironman so triathlon was the next logical thing
Favorite Post Workout Food: Margaritas!
Favorite Tribuck Memory: Anything involving a hot tub
Worst Triathlon Experience: Missed the flight to Austin, stuck in Atlanta overnight with a bike box, lost a tire skewer somewhere along the way, an unexpectedly cold race morning and two flat tires
Hidden Talent: Knows all the countries and a lot of prime numbers
Other Hobbies: Watching Netflix, building things, and learning fun facts


Natalie Ruscello

Position:  Vice President
Major: Health Science with a Spanish Minor
Expected Graduation: 2016
Hometown: Springboro, OH
Sports Background: Was a marching band kid in high school until one magical day when she and her dad took up biking and soon after ran their first 5k.  Once she got to college there was no way she could turn down the group of screaming maniacs that was the tri club at the involvement fair.
Best thing about OSU: Football games…and the tri club
Favorite Tribuck Memory: Collegiate Nationals 2014.  Not only did she have a great first Olympic race but also traveled to the Grand Canyon in a van of her favorite people and cliff jumped into Strawberry Reservoir.  One of the best weekends of her life.
Biggest Rookie Mistake: Showed up to her first bike practice with a water bottle duct taped to her bike frame.  Seems like a great idea until you actually need a drink
Hidden Talents: Tripping on items that don’t exist and talking about Chipotle
Other Hobbies: Cooking, playing guitar, singing, and reading


Cody Allison

Position: Apparel Director and Nationals Coordinator
Major: M.S. Civil Engineering
Expected Graduation: Hopefully never.
Hometown: Burgoon, OH
Sports Background: Football, wrestling, pole vault. Was looking for the cycling team but found the triathlon team instead.
Favorite Sport: Biking
Favorite Post Workout Food: Sweet and Sour Chicken
Favorite Tribuck Memory: Greg VanAmerongen’s short shorts on Spring Break 2012
Biggest Rookie Mistake: Leaving pedals on his road bike only to notice his tri bike had no pedals when setting up transition (he wasn’t a rookie at this point)
Other Hobbies: Cars and adventuring!


Paul dHyver de las Deses

Position:  Treasurer
Major: Integrated Business and Engineering
Expected Graduation: 2017
Hometown: Mexico City
Sports Background: Track Runner
Favorite Post Workout Food: RPAC Smoothie
Best thing about Ohio State: The people he’s met
Biggest Rookie Mistake: Going skiing 4 weeks before nationals and separating his AC joint
Hidden Talents: Join the club to find out
Other Hobbies: Traveling, trying new foods, experiencing new cultures and meeting different people


Cory Lien

Position: Risk Manager and C0-Social Chair
Major: Electrical Engineer
Expected Graduation: 2016
Hometown: West Chester, OH
Sports Background: XC, Swimming, Crew. Did a few triathlons when younger and loved the challenge
Favorite Post Workout Food: Chocolate Milk
Favorite Tribuck Memory: 2015 Nationals in Clemson (after the rain)
Biggest Rookie Mistake: Taking a turn too aggressively on a wet road during his first triathlon and crashing
Other Hobbies: Finding out how things are made and food consumption (see picture above)
Interesting Fact: Is an Eagle Scout


Madi Collins

Position: Co-Social Chair
Major: Exercise Science
Expected Graduation: 2016
Hometown: Saginaw, MI
Sports Background: Varisty swimming, skiing, and track in high school.  Joined the tri club because she realized life was way too boring without competitive sports
Favorite Post Workout Food: Fruit Smoothie with a scoop of protein!
Favorite Tribuck Memory: Going to nationals in Tempe, AZ for the first time
Biggest Rookie Mistake: Failing every attempt at a flying mount at nationals in front of everyone
Hidden Talent: Can do a mean impression of a cat’s meow
Other Hobbies: Boxing and ukulele


Noah Jordan

Position:  Sponsor Coordinator
Major: Neuroscience, Pre-med
Expected Graduation: 2017
Hometown: Fort Collins, CO
Sports Background: Started triathlons when he was 15 because a friend wanted to race him
Favorite Post Workout Food: Chocolate Milk
Best thing about Ohio State: The atmosphere
Favorite Tribuck Memory: Hocking Hills Cabin Trip
Biggest Rookie Mistake: Not having enough water at Nationals on the bike
Other Hobbies: Anything outdoors

Bobby Klett

Position: Social Media Relations
Major: Biology
Expected Graduation: 2017
Hometown: Lake Zurich, IL
Sports Background: Soccer, Cross Country, Track
Best thing about OSU: All of the friend’s he’s met here
Favorite Tribuck Memory: Going to the Grand Canyon after 2014 Nationals in Tempe.
Worst Triathlon Experience: Crashed his bike at Nationals and then didn’t drink enough water on the run and ended up in the first aid tent after finishing
Hidden Talent:Being late no matter how early he leaves to get there
Other Hobbies: Listening to music and reading


Connor Divens

Position: Secretary
Major: Respiratory Therapy
Expected Graduation: 2018
Hometown: Howland, OH
Sports Background: Played soccer in high school.   Followed his dad’s footsteps and tried out triathlon
Best thing about OSU: The Tribucks
Favorite Tribuck Memory: 2015 Nationals in Clemson
Worst Triathlon Experience: Being pulled out of the water due to hypothermia
Hidden Talent: Master Chef


Maria DiMeo

Position: Philanthropy Director
Major: Pre-Nursing
Expected Graduation: 2018
Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
Best thing about OSU: The triathlon team ….. duh
Favorite Tribuck Memory: Spring Break 2015
Favorite Post Workout  Food: Fruit Smoothie
Hidden Talent: Sassiness
Other Hobbies: Reading and Netflix


Judith Straathof

Position: Co-Race Director
Major: Earth Science
Expected Graduation: 2017
Hometown: Washington Court House, OH
Sports Background: Played soccer and swam in high school.  She always like swimming and biking and joined the Triathlon Club to become a better athlete and prepare for her first triathlon
Favorite Post Workout  Food: Pancakes
Best thing about OSU: All the amazing people!
Favorite Tribuck Memory: Volunteering at the Columbus Marathon
Hidden Talent: Is very good at the card game Dutch Blitz due to her Dutch heritage
Other Hobbies: Reading, watching Parks and Rec and The Office, and doing anything outside


Eric Westhaus

Position: Practice Leader
Major: Engineering
Expected Graduation: 2018
Hometown: Dayton, OH
Sports Background: Ran and biked in high school
Favorite Post Workout  Food: KCom breakfast
Favorite Tribuck Memory: Weekend bike rides
Worst Triathlon Experience: Throwing up after exiting the swim of his first triathlon
Other Hobbies: Hiking, traveling, watching TV


Duncan Lamar

Position: Co-Race Director
Major: Exercise Science
Expected Graduation: 2018
Hometown: West Chester, OH
Sports Background: Volleyball, marching band, and swimming. Was looking to do triathlons in high school but never found the time. When he saw the club at the involvement he had to give it try then everything about it sucked him in.
Favorite Post Workout  Food: Breakfast foods. Anything in large quantities
Favorite Tribuck Memory: Spring Break 2015
Worst Triathlon Experience: Missed the turn for the second bike lap at nationals and ended up 5 minutes towards the transition area before realizing it.
Other Hobbies: Camping, hiking, canoeing, playing drums and piano, riding motorcycles.