The 2023 Women’s Collegiate Triathlon National Championships are set to take place on Saturday, November 11, as Tempe, Arizona, hosts the USA’s top women’s varsity collegiate triathletes all vying for individual and team national titles.
The event, organized by Kinetic Multisports and run in conjunction with the Sun Devil Triathlon Classic Challenge Cup, will crown collegiate champions for Division I (DI), Division II (DII) and Division III (DIII) schools from across the USA.
This is the sixth consecutive year Tempe and Arizona State University has hosted the Women’s Collegiate Triathlon National Championships.
More than 30 teams from across all three divisions will compete in a draft-legal sprint-distance course, featuring a 750m swim in Tempe Town Lake, followed by a 20km bike and 5km run near downtown Tempe.
There will be two races at the National Championships, one featuring higher-ranked individuals and larger DI and DII programs, and one featuring lower-ranked individuals and teams, mostly from DII, DIII, and smaller DI programs. National Championship results for teams and individuals are then separated by division.
National team titles will be awarded from the individual race scores. Scores will be determined by the total points of up to the first five scoring athletes of each NCAA varsity team. Awards for the team champions and top-three individual awards in each division are presented by Air Force Special Warfare.
Arizona State University leads the Division I rankings heading into the Championship weekend. Winners of six consecutive DI national titles, the Sun Devils will face competition from Queens University of Charlotte, University of San Francisco, University of Denver and Texas Christian University, the top-five ranked teams in the country.
The Women’s Collegiate National Championships racing begins at noon MST with Heat 1 (lower ranked athletes) and Heat 2 (higher ranked athletes) at 14:15 MST.
To date, more than 40 schools offer women’s collegiate triathlon at the varsity level. This is an important benchmark reached, as the NCAA Emerging Sport for Women now has a few more steps to take on its way to being fully managed by the NCAA as a championship sport, including committee, council, divisional and budget approvals.