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In January 2014, the NCAA overwhelmingly approved triathlon as the next Emerging Sport for Women for NCAA Division I, Division II and Division III member institutions.

As an Emerging Sport for Women, triathlon embarks on the journey to become a full-fledged NCAA Championship Sport, allowing female triathletes the opportunity to be official NCAA student-athletes and participate in competitive draft-legal racing.

To assist with this monumental opportunity, USA Triathlon announced the USA Triathlon Foundation Women's Triathlon Emerging Sport Grant. The first round of funding was $2.6 million and then an additional $895,000 was approved, this totals roughly $3.5 million. This grant is distributed to selected NCAA membership institutions to develop, implement, grow and sustain varsity women’s triathlon programs at the NCAA level. Additional information on the Emerging Sport Grant can be found here.

Interested in helping to identify and recruit the next women’s varsity collegiate triathlon program? Inquiries may be directed to Tim Yount, USA Triathlon Chief Sport Development Officer, at


Women’s Collegiate Triathlon National Championships Schedule


Thursday, Nov. 11

7:00 pm – Women’s NCAA Triathlon 2021 Banquet & Briefing – San Tan Ford Club, Sun Devil Stadium (South Entrance) 


Friday, Nov. 12          

2:30 pm – Women's Collegiate Swim Course Preview Open – Tempe Town Lake North Beach 

3:30 pm – Women's Collegiate Swim Course Preview Close – Tempe Town Lake North Beach 


Saturday, Nov. 13                

10:30 am – Women's Collegiate Nationals DIII Transition Opens – Tempe Town Lake North Beach

11:30 am – Women's Collegiate Nationals DIII Championships – Tempe Town Lake North Beach

1:15 pm – Women's Collegiate Nationals DII Championships – Tempe Town Lake North Beach

3:00 pm – Women's Collegiate Nationals DI Championships – Tempe Town Lake North Beach

4:30 pm – Women's Collegiate Nationals Awards – Tempe Town Lake North Beach

2021 Results

St. George National Qualifier
Oct. 30
Location: St. George, Utah
Host: Intermountain Tri
Race Director: Nat Harward

Smith Mountain Lake National Qualifier
Oct. 16
Location: Smith Mountain Lake, Va.
Host: Kinetic Multisports
Race Director: Greg Hawkins

Pleasant Prairie National Qualifier
Sept. 4
Location: Pleasant Prairie, Wis.
Host: Experience Triathlon
Race Director: Kurt Woodward

Triathlon 101 - Meet One of the Fastest Growing Sports at the NCAA Level

Did you know you can continue to compete in triathlon in college? And that you may be able to earn a scholarship to do so?

Listen to Jenny Garrison, President of Collegiate Triathlon Coaches Association and DIII NCAA Coach, and Tim Yount, Chief Sport Development Officer at USA Triathlon discuss basic details about how the sport operates at the NCAA level, how athletes can compete at the collegiate level while juggling academics, social commitments, and school activities, what coaches are looking for in recruiting athletes, and why NCAA triathlon is here to stay. Learn more

Survey of Existing Programs

Click here to view the 2019 institution program year in review with facts and figures representing where the sport is today.


NCAA Triathlon: A Bright Future

The sport of triathlon received overwhelming support from the NCAA when it was first approved as an NCAA Emerging Sport for Women in January of 2014 – but then the hard work began. Full article.


USA Triathlon Performance Pipeline

Learn more about the athlete performance pipeline.