Photos: The Next Generation Shines at Collegiate Nationals

Twenty-six schools currently offer NCAA triathlon programs for women, with USA Triathlon working hard to demonstrate sustainability within the 10-year window that started in 2014. While it’s currently an NCAA Emerging Sport, the goal is to permanently become a fixture at the collegiate varsity level. (Learn more about that process here.)

In triathlon’s short NCAA history, the program at Arizona State University—which is led by coach Cliff English—has dominated at the Division I level since the program’s inception in 2016. At Sunday’s Women’s Collegiate Triathlon National Championships in Tempe, ASU’s Hannah Henry earned her second-straight individual national title with her teammates finishing in the next four positions. Enjoy these photos of the up-and-coming stars from the event at Tempe Town Lake.

2018 Women’s Collegiate Triathlon National Championships
South Dakota’s Leah Drengenberg was the only athlete who was able to mix it up with the Arizona State University team. Photo: Nils Nilsen
2018 Women’s Collegiate Triathlon National Championships
Hannah Henry (who is from Canada) came in as the defending champion after she won last year’s event–also at Tempe Town Lake. Photo: Nils Nilsen
2018 Women’s Collegiate Triathlon National Championships
East Tennessee State University’s Lane McDonald exits Tempe Town Lake. Photo: Nils Nilsen
2018 Women’s Collegiate Triathlon National Championships
Even in November Tempe allowed for a non-wetsuit swim. Photo: Nils Nilsen
2018 Women’s Collegiate Triathlon National Championships
The course took athletes up and down around Tempe Town Lake’s North Shore. Photo: Nils Nilsen
2018 Women’s Collegiate Triathlon National Championships
The collegiate format follows the ITU style of racing, with strategy playing a huge part of the draft-legal event. Photo: Nils Nilsen
2018 Women’s Collegiate Triathlon National Championships
This was the first time Wagner College athletes (out of New York) competed in the national championships. Photo: Nils Nilsen
2018 Women’s Collegiate Triathlon National Championships
The Arizona State squad put together an organized effort at the front of the race, with only South Dakota’s Leah Drengenberg able to make that front pack. Photo: Nils Nilsen
2018 Women’s Collegiate Triathlon National Championships
Queens University of Charlotte’s Tereza Zimovjanova was the top finisher in Division II. Queens University of Charlotte also earned the overall DII team title. Photo: Nils Nilsen
2018 Women’s Collegiate Triathlon National Championships
Hannah Henry repeats as the national champion, crossing the finish line in 1:01:53. Photo: Nils Nilsen
2018 Women’s Collegiate Triathlon National Championships
Katie Gorczyca finished in third at 1:02:19. Photo: Nils Nilsen
2018 Women’s Collegiate Triathlon National Championships
East Tennessee State University finished as the third NCAA Division I Team. Photo: Nils Nilsen
2018 Women’s Collegiate Triathlon National Championships
ASU athletes celebrate another victory. Photo: Nils Nilsen
2018 Women’s Collegiate Triathlon National Championships
The top finishing Division I teams: University of South Dakota (second), Arizona State University (first), and East Tennessee State University (third). Photo: Nils Nilsen