For four-straight seasons in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019, Sun Devil women’s triathlon has dominated at the USA Triathlon Women’s Collegiate Triathlon National Championships in their first four years of competition [Story]
One of the newest varsity sports at Arizona State University, women’s triathlon was added by the NCAA as an emerging sport for women in 2014 and is continuing its development to become a fully sponsored NCAA sport. Arizona State University is the first in not only the Pac-12 to add women’s triathlon, but the first Power Five Division I University in the country to do so. Sun Devil Athletics was one of 10 NCAA departments to receive a multi-year Women’s Triathlon Emerging Sport grant from the USA Triathlon Foundation. The grant was created to drive the establishment of NCAA women’s varsity triathlon programs. Triathlon is currently 10 schools away from becoming an NCAA Championship sport – more info here.
The mission of Sun Devil Triathlon is not only to foster academic and athletic growth for our student-athletes, but also support Olympic dreams. Triathlon was added to the Olympic roster in 2000, Sydney, Australia. As the sport of triathlon develops as an NCAA sport, Sun Devil Triathlon hopes to lead the charge as a bridge from Junior Elite racing (19 and under) to Elite Level International Competition.
Holding true to our mission, Sun Devil Triathlon has had representatives racing for their home countries at World Championships every year since its inception. The student-athletes compete for their home country outside of the collegiate racing season at International Triathlon Union events in order to score points and increase their world ranking with the eventual goal of representing their country at continental, world championships and major games. There are three tiers of racing: Continental Cups, World Cups and the World Triathlon Series. Competitors placing in the top 20 at these events earn points that contribute to their world ranking. Currently, nine of our Sun Devils have a world ranking. For more information click here.