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Milestone Reached: Cal Poly Humboldt Becomes 40th School to Add Varsity Women's Triathlon
Triathlon meets important milestone in journey to NCAA Championship sport
February 16. 2022

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — USA Triathlon, along with Cal Poly Humboldt’s Executive Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Campus Recreation Cooper Jones, today announced that Cal Poly Humboldt in Arcata, California, will become the 40th school in the nation to offer women’s triathlon at the varsity level. The NCAA Division II team will begin competing in fall 2022.

The commitment by Humboldt to become the 40th school is an important milestone in triathlon’s journey to becoming an NCAA Championship sport. Deemed an NCAA Emerging Sport for Women in 2014, triathlon has now met the 10-year window to demonstrate sustainability and success at the NCAA varsity level. Triathlon has a few more steps to take on its way to being fully managed by the NCAA as a championship event, including committee, council, divisional and budget approvals.

“This is a monumental moment for not only Cal Poly Humboldt and the sport of triathlon, but also for women’s sports,” said Rocky Harris, USA Triathlon CEO. “It’s fitting we’ve hit this milestone on the 50th anniversary of Title IX as this sends a resounding message across the country that women’s sports are thriving.”

Humboldt becomes the 17th Division II institution in the country to add women's triathlon as a varsity sport and the second in the California, joining the University of San Francisco.

“Cal Poly Humboldt is ecstatic to welcome triathlon to our campus as the 12th NCAA varsity sport,” said Jones. “We’re thrilled to announce triathlon as our newest sport, one which we believe will be successful in the very near future. I look forward to doing our part to grow the sport both regionally and nationally.”

Humboldt’s addition of women's triathlon was made possible through a grant from the USA Triathlon Foundation. The USA Triathlon Foundation Women's Emerging Sport Grant is distributed to select NCAA membership institutions to develop, implement and sustain women's triathlon programs at the varsity level.

“Getting to this point has been a 13-year process with contributions from so many,” said Tim Yount, USA Triathlon Chief Sport Development Officer. “Throughout this process Cal Poly Humboldt has shown their dedication to not only supporting a triathlon program but also investing in its continued success.

Women’s triathlon is a fall sport, and the varsity season includes National Qualifiers followed by the Women’s Collegiate Triathlon National Championships, typically held in November. The draft-legal races are sprint-distance, featuring a 750-meter open-water swim, draft-legal 20-kilometer bike and 5-kilometer run.

 

NCAA Division I Legislative Council Approves Triathlon as Emerging Sport
95 percent vote supports U.S. Olympic pipeline and athlete development
January 16, 2014

Triathlon, the fastest growing sport in the U.S. Olympic Movement, received overwhelming approval today from the NCAA Division I Legislative Council to be the next Emerging Sport for Women, creating new opportunities within the Olympic pipeline for student-athletes.

The vote was 95 percent in favor as announced during the council’s session as part of the 2014 NCAA Convention in San Diego, Calif. Division II and III schools will also be voting on triathlon’s Emerging Sport status later this week. Triathlon will be added as a fall sport, and athletic departments will be able to form teams and compete at the varsity level beginning in August 2014. ...

An emerging sport is a sport recognized by the NCAA that is intended to explore new sports and grow participation opportunities for female student-athletes. Institutions are allowed to use emerging sports to help meet the NCAA minimum sports sponsorship requirements, minimum financial aid award requirements, and gender equity standards. Four former emerging sports have grown in sponsorship and been approved as NCAA championship sports — water polo, bowling, ice hockey and rowing.

USA Triathlon has led the effort to include triathlon as an NCAA sport since 2010. Nearly 200 schools currently have club triathlon programs and USA Triathlon has held Collegiate National Championships since 1992. Triathlon was added to the Olympic program in 1994 and made its debut at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia.