The 2019 Magog CAMTRI Sprint Triathlon American Cup might have been the first event at which Isabella Mastroianni represented her country, but it's unlikely to be her last.
Despite being the youngest competitor in her semi-final heat, and second youngest overall, Mastroianni did not look the least bit out of place at the tri-country event that included athletes from Canada, the United States and Mexico.
In fact, the Lo-Ellen Park Secondary student was fourth out of the water in an elite field of 21, falling back somewhat in both the bike and the run to slide in at 17th overall. Her time of 7:09 in the swim measured up well, though she still has work to do in both the bike (time of 18:04 - 14 other competitors better the 18 minute mark) and the run (time of 11:02 - 16 runners broke the ten minute mark).
That said, only Canadian Isla Britton, who was born in 2003, had a later birthdate than Mastroianni, in 2002.
The talented Sudbury teenager crossed the line in 37:26, a couple of hundred metres back of Ana Maria Valentina Torres Gomez of Mexico, and squeezed right in between Americans Rebecca Naughton (36:20) and Laura Gruden (37:32).
Competing in the "B" final on day two, Mastroianni covered the full sprint triathlon distance in a time of 1:11:09, good enough for eighth place in the group of eleven.
Also a long-time member of the Sudbury Laurentian Swim Club, Mastroianni will now prepare for a swim meet in Florida, joining a handful of SLSC teammates and, quite possibly, Florida State sophomore Nina Kucheran, back in town after claiming a bronze medal as part of the Canadian relay team competing at the FISU Games last week in Italy.