As universities and colleges around the country are starting to add varsity NCAA sports for the fall 2018 season, many are looking towards one sport in particular: Women’s Triathlon.
Yesterday USA Triathlon announced that Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois, will be the 18th school in the nation to add women’s triathlon to its varsity sport offerings.
Other universities/colleges with a NCAA Division III Women’s Triathlon program:
- North Central College (Naperville, IL)
- Centenary College of Louisiana (Shreveport, La.)
- Concordia University Wisconsin (Mequon, Wis.)
- Marymount University (Arlington, Va.)
- Milwaukee School of Engineering
- Transylvania University (Lexington, Ky.)
- Trine University (Angola, Ind.).
Millikin was able to make this possible with the help of a $70,000 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 NCAA varsity level.
“USA Triathlon is pleased to welcome Millikin University as the 18th varsity women’s triathlon program in the nation, adding to our growing NCAA presence in the Midwest,” said USA Triathlon CEO Rocky Harris. “The commitment and enthusiasm of the Millikin Athletic Department throughout this process has been outstanding, and I am confident that the university will assemble a team of talented student-athletes.”
The school will begin to search for a coach immediately and will start recruiting athletes in the near future.
For those athletes currently in High School that are looking to pursue triathlon in college, check out the Gwen Jorgensen Scholarship.
“We are looking forward to adding the great sport of women’s triathlon to Millikin University in the fall of 2018,” said Millikin Director of Athletics Dr. Craig White. “Triathlon fits Decatur and central Illinois extremely well, and the athleticism and dedication required to compete in this challenging sport will be a great fit with our athletic department.”
“Millikin is happy to be a pioneer in adding women’s triathlon to our intercollegiate athletics offerings,” said Millikin President Dr. Patrick White. “Triathlon has long generated interest and participation in Decatur and the region. Now Millikin women will be able to compete across the country in this challenging life sport and further spread the reputation of Millikin University to new fans. We are grateful for the recognition and support provided by USA Triathlon as we grow this important opportunity for Millikin student-athletes.”
For more information about Women’s NCAA Triathlon, visit usatriathlon.org/ncaa.