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DeVry Medical International’s MERP Supports the 2011 Conchman Triathlon
By The Bahamas Weekly News Team
Nov 17, 2011 - 3:24:52 PM

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Group photo before the race. Left to right - Front row: Stephanie Holmsten with daughters (Edith & Natalie). Standing middle row: Jon Holmsten, Bao Le, Nicole Diol, Jay & Ann Aro , Alvin Vong, and Lukas & Allison Matthews. Back row: Prestin Johnson, Michael Cundiff, Anudeep Pillarisetty, Kody Nilson, Nick Blackstone

Freeport, Bahamas – DeVry Medical International’s (DMI) Medical Education Review Program (MERP) was pleased to sponsor the 25th Annual Conchman Triathlon and support fitness, wellness and healthy lifestyle activities in the Grand Bahama community.

“We had 14 members of the MERP community participate in this year’s triathlon and everyone had a great time,” said Jon Holmsten, a licensed professional counselor at MERP. “The weather was beautiful on the island and the community was great in Freeport.”

The 25th Conchman Triathlon was a memorable experience for several of the participants who won awards. MERP award recipients were:

· Lukas Matthews won the 17-29 male age group.

· Michael Cundiff received second place in the 17-29 male age group and the third-fastest run time overall.

· Allison Matthews had the women's second fastest swim time, the fastest female run time (ninth overall) and was named the overall second fastest female.

· Nicole Diol won the 17-29 female age group.

· Ann Aro received second place in the 17-29 female age group.

· Stephanie Holmsten received third place in the 30-39 female age group.

Anudeep Pillarisetty, Bao Le and Prestin Johnson after the race

Other MERP competitors who participated included Alvin Vong, Kody Nilson, Anudeep Pillarisetty, Jay Aro, Bao Le, Prestin Johnson, Nick Blackstone and Jon Holmsten.

“Although the 25th Conchman Triathlon was a competition, it also felt like a team effort to encourage everyone to do their best”, said Holmsten. “It was a great day of exercise and enthusiasm.”

MERP commends Bert Bell, a coordinator for the triathlon, as well as all the organizers, volunteers and participants who helped make the annual event a success.

“We’re proud to have been a part of the triathlon and encourage everyone to continue in the spirit of the event by identifying an activity or exercise they enjoy that will promote wellness and healthy living,” said Holmsten.  “Hopefully, even more people will come out to participate next year.” 

MERP is a rigorous 15-week program designed to provide preparatory basic medical science course content for medical school education. Students who successfully complete MERP are offered entry to Ross University School of Medicine.

DMI recently invested in an upgrade to the MERP facilities at Seahorse Plaza and maintains a longstanding relationship on the Grand Bahama Island.

Many MERP students benefit from a wealth of experiences in Freeport as they often connect to the community through churches, outreach opportunities and by supporting the local economy.

Allison Matthews, Lukas Matthews, Michael Cunduff and Alvin Vong recreate their fantastic finishes!

The 8 Finishers: Alvin Vong, Bao Le, Prestin Johnson, Nicole Diol, Kody Nilson, Nick Blackstone, Anudeep Pillarsetty, and student counselor Jonathan Holmsten

Stephanie Holmsten (center) receives her trophy at the awards presentation at Port Lucaya Marketplace, Count Basie Square.




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