Lauren Brandon was born in California and started swimming on a year around club team at the age of five. She had a lot of success in the pool growing up and received a full athletic scholarship to the University of Nebraska where she was a 3x Big 12 Champion, All-American, and became a school record holder in the 1000 free and 1650 free. During her later years in college, Lauren also dabbled in some open water races and placed 5th at both the 5K and 10K open water Nationals. In 2008, Lauren also swam at the US Olympic Trials in both the 400 free and 800 free.
Following her swim career and after finishing up graduate school in 2009, she decided to give triathlon a go and try to join her husband, Barrett Brandon, in the professional triathlon ranks. She went from barely being able to ride a bike at her first race at the end of 2009, to putting together fastest bike splits at a lot of her races. Lauren has shown success as she moved from Olympic distance triathlons to longer distances a couple of years ago. She is now finding her form in full Ironman races and was last seen coming off the bike in 3rd at the Ironman World Championships this past year. She will continue her Kona quest and hopes to break the top 10 this year in 2018 with the help of Base Performance.
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