Right now Marymount University in Arlington, VA is the only school to offer triathlon as a women’s varsity sport. Zane Castro, head coach, knows how important triathlon as an NCAA sport would be for female athletes. His wife, Terra Castro, was a pro athlete racing for the LUNA team.
Marymount, a Division III school, competes against other schools with clubs. While the number of school with competitive triathlon clubs is over 150 and growing, they get no financial support from their schools. Check here to see which schools have clubs currently. Over 400 women participate in the 2013 collegiate national championship in Tempe, AZ. The event is sanctioned by triathlon’s governing body, USA Triathlon and is not an official NCAA championship.
USA Triathlon has secured letters of support from the schools below. They are needed prior to the meeting of NCAA Legislative Committees on January 15-18, 2014. The meetings will be held in triathlon’s birthplace San Diego, CA.
Adams State University (Alamosa, Colo.)
The U.S. Air Force Academy
University of Arizona
University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
Marymount University (Arlington, Va.)
The vote at the NCAA Legislative Committees meetings could make triathlon an ‘emerging sport’. It is a designation given to women’s athletic programs. An emerging sport will gain full varsity status if 40 schools add it over 10 years. If triathlon becomes an NCAA women’s sport it is felt the men will follow closely.
You can help by signing the petition. You can also tweet to support the vote with #NCAATriathlon.