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Emerging Sport for Women Takes Over Tempe

By USA Triathlon, 11/18/19, 2:01PM MST


Women’s Collegiate Triathlon National Championships

A record field of 126 student-athletes from 25 varsity teams around the country took over Tempe, Arizona on Saturday for the sixth annual Women’s Collegiate Triathlon National Championships. Three schools repeated as national champions in their respective divisions, with Arizona State earning its fourth straight title in Division I. Queens University of Charlotte captured its fifth straight title in DII and North Central College won its fourth consecutive championship in DIII.

The University of South Dakota took second overall among DI schools, while East Tennessee State came in third. Davis & Elkins College and Black Hills State University got the team silver and bronze in DII. Trine University and Millikin University rounded out the DIII podium in second and third, respectively.

The Sun Devils took the top two individual spots in DI on their way to the team title, with Kyla Roy breaking the tape and teammate Audrey Ernst finishing 30 seconds back for the silver. South Dakota’s Leah Drengenberg earned bronze.

In DII, Natalia Hidalgo Martinez of Davis & Elkins College earned the victory, finishing ahead of Queens University of Charlotte athletes Natalie Bash and Sam McInnes, who came in second and third.

North Central’s Madelyn Scopp won the DIII race, narrowly beating out runner-up finisher Amira Faulknere from Trine University. Fellow North Central athlete Annika Cotner joined Scopp on the podium in third.

Triathlon became an NCAA Emerging Sport for Women in 2014 and is on pace to become a full-fledged NCAA sport in the next few years.

Distance: 750-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike, 5-kilometer run

NCAA Division I Team Podium

1. Arizona State University, 8 points

2. University of South Dakota, 18 points

3. East Tennessee State University, 29 points

NCAA Division II Team Podium

1. Queens University of Charlotte, 12 points

2. Davis & Elkins College, 17 points

3. Black Hills State University, 33 points

NCAA Division III Team Podium

1. North Central College, 10 points

2. Trine University, 25 points

3. Millikin University, 28 points

NCAA Division I Individual Podium

1. Kyla Roy (Arizona State University), 1:05:22

2. Audrey Ernst (Arizona State University), 1:05:52

3. Leah Drengenberg (University of South Dakota), 1:07:21

NCAA Division II Individual Podium

1. Natalia Hidalgo Martinez (Davis & Elkins College), 1:06:30

2. Natalie Bash (Queens University of Charlotte), 1:07:10

3. Sam McInnes (Queens University of Charlotte), 1:07:36

NCAA Division III Individual Podium

1. Madelyn Scopp (North Central College), 1:11:08

2. Amira Faulknere (Trine University), 1:11:27

3. Annika Cotner (North Central College), 1:12:41

Click here for complete results from the 2019 Women’s Collegiate Triathlon National Championships.