As an NCAA Emerging Sport for Women, triathlon continues to grow at the collegiate level.
Thirty-one NCAA Division I, Division II and Division III universities across the country now have triathlon as a women’s varsity program, with the sport nearing the 40-school threshold needed for full-fledged NCAA status.
One of those schools is Colorado Mesa University, located in scenic Grand Junction, Colorado. The Mavericks compete in NCAA Division II, with 10 female student-athletes from seven different states and two countries making up their roster.
Many grew up competing in swimming or cross country. Some have been doing triathlons their entire lives. Others are still relatively new to the sport.
Regardless of their background, these women have found community, friendship and an athletic challenge thanks to collegiate triathlon. Together, they swim, bike, run and race, writing the first chapter of triathlon’s history as an NCAA sport.
This is their story. Watch our video feature on the Colorado Mesa Triathlon team with the link below.