AIC To Start Triathlon

May 31, 2018

With the backing of USA Triathlon, American International College will become the 24th team in the nation to introduce a women's varsity triathlon program to its athletic department, Director of Athletics Matthew Johnson announced on Tuesday, May 29 AIC expects competition to begin in the fall of 2019.

"We are thrilled to expand our athletic opportunities for female student-athletes here at AIC," Johnson said. "Triathlon is an NCAA Emerging Sport that has experienced tremendous growth recently. In 2017, new triathlon programs were added in double digits throughout the country, and we are proud to join this trend. We feel the addition of triathlon is a natural fit for the AIC community as our women's cross country and track programs have been very strong."

"USA Triathlon is proud to welcome American International College as the latest women's NCAA triathlon program, adding to our growing collegiate presence in the Northeast," said Rocky Harris, USA Triathlon CEO. "The Yellow Jackets will benefit from strong regional competition in all three NCAA divisions, while experiencing firsthand the incredible growth of women's triathlon at the varsity level."

AIC has received a three-year grant from USA Triathlon to implement the program. The USA Triathlon Foundation Women's Emerging Sport grant is distributed to select NCAA member institutions to develop, implement and sustain women's triathlon programs at the NCAA varsity level.
 
Triathlon is currently an NCAA Emerging Sport for Women, seeking to become a championship sport with a goal of reaching 40 schools by 2024.
 
As a new NCAA triathlon team in New England, the  Yellow Jackets program will join Johnson State in Vermont. Regionally, Daemen College, St. Thomas Aquinas and Wagner College, all in New York, have recently started triathlon programs.

A national search will commence this summer to hire a new head coach to begin recruiting efforts.

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