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50-Year Timeline

1961 Women are first admitted into the undergraduate program at Santa Clara University.
1963 Marygrace Colby MA ’91 is hired as the first female athletic administrator for SCU.
1964 The Women’s Recreation Association (WRA) is officially recognized. Volleyball, Tennis and Basketball are the first organized intercollegiate sporting teams. The first women’s school trophy is won by the basketball team.

Women are allowed to use the Seifert Gym for the first time—1 night a week!
1965 In 1965, with a desire to consolidate the governance of women’s intercollegiate athletics under one organization, the Division for Girls and Women’s Sports Commission (DGWS) is formed to assume control over competition and extramural events.
1965 The first action the DGWS takes is to establish the Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (CIAW) to assume responsibility for designing, sponsoring, and sanctioning women’s intercollegiate sports and championships. The CIAW is responsible for providing the framework and organization for women’s intercollegiate athletic opportunities and to sponsor national championships for college women under the authority of the DGWS.
1965 The SCU tennis doubles team places second in the prestigious Ojai Tennis Tournament.
1967 The tennis team wins the Northern California Women’s Intercollegiate Conference (NCWIC) Championship and the NCWIC Doubles Championship.
1969 Future Hall of Famer, Cathy Jamison ‘71 anchors the swim team that wins the NCWIC championship and participates in the first National Championship for women, taking 5th place. This is the first SCU National Championship appearance since the 1962 Baseball team participated in and won the National Championship. The team boasts two Olympians and went on to to capture 5 conference records and set numerous league best marks at the individual and relay levels.
1971 Out of the CIAW, the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) is formed at the national level to govern collegiate women’s athletics in the United States and to administer national championships. Santa Clara joins as one of the 140 member charter colleges and universities.

1974-77: Santa Clara competes in the Northern California Intercollegiate Athletic Association.
1977-1982: Santa Clara competes in the Northern California Athletic Conference.
1971 The women’s swim team places 4th in the National Swim Finals.
1972 The United States Congress passes Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972.
1973 The women’s golf team is established, led by future Hall of Famer  Margaret Leonard ’76, JD ’79. Jana Garland ’77, Pauline Lillian ’74, Anne Kerwick ’76, and Gail Giacomazzi ’77 enter the Women’s Golf Invitational—a first for Santa Clara.
1973 The AIAW grants permission for colleges and universities to grant scholarships to women.
1973 The University undergraduate catalogue is published recognizing women’s intercollegiate programs for the 1st time

Women’s Swim team wins NCIAC Championship.

Ranked #10 in the country, Women’s golf competes in the AIAW National Golf Championships.

A Women’s Crew team begins intercollegiate competition.
1977 Santa Clara offers 1st scholarship to a female athlete (Darby Teichgraeber ’77, Tennis, $500)
1977 Janet Steiner is awarded the Northern California Athletic Conference Outstanding Student Athlete as well as the Henry Schmidt Sports-minded Woman of the Year Award for her successes in volleyball and basketball.
1977 NCIAC twenty-one schools breakup into three new conferences based on scholarships. Santa Clara joins the Northern California Athletic Conference (1977-1982)
1978 Santa Clara hires their 1st full time women’s coaches in volleyball and basketball.
1979 Softball begins competing at an intercollegiate level after competing for 2 years at a club level.
1980 Women’s soccer helps form and begins competing in the California College Women’s Soccer Association.
1980 Women’s cross-country begins competing at an intercollegiate level after a successful 2 year club status.
1980 Our Women’s Rowing Novice 8 boat qualifies for Nationals. 
1980 First Woman inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame – Joanne Berscheidt ’66 (basketball, volleyball, tennis)
1982 AIAW merges with the NCAA to align with the men’s programs
1982 Women celebrate 20 years of organized athletic programs at SCU. The year begins with 6 full time and 5 part time staff supporting 7 sports with 15.5 scholarships offered. 
1982 Liz Bruno ’82 becomes the 1st women athlete to receive the prestigious Victor Corsiglia SCU Athlete of the Year Award. Bruno is also honored with the COSIDA Academic All-American award. 
1982 1st Female Coach or Athletic Director is inducted into the Hall of Fame–Marygrace Colby 
1984 Karen Choppelas (Horstmeyer) ’84 becomes the 1st female member of the 1000 points club for Santa Clara Basketball.
1985 Santa Clara allocates additional financial resources to women’s programs.
1985 SCU moves into the WCAC which would later become the WCC. 
1986 Women’s soccer receives their 1st National Ranking (#17). Jenny Fechner Sneeringer ’86 becomes the programs 1st All-American. 
1988 Dorinda Lindstrom’88 is the 1st Women’s Basketball Player to receive WCC Player of the Year Honors – 1 of only 6 players to have won this honor in the program’s history. 
1988 Santa Clara celebrates 25 years of Women’s athletics. Women were competing in 7 sports with 18 athletes receiving a partial scholarship to compete. 
1988 Caren Choppelas (Horstmeyer) ’84, MA ’96  is hired as the head coach for women’s basketball, representing the 1st SCU Athletic Alumnus to work full time for the SCU Athletic Program. She left SCU in 2000 with the highest win-loss record in program history (221-124, .641) 
1989 Women’s Soccer advances into their first NCAA Final 4 Championship.  
1990 Women’s Soccer is ranked #1 in the NCAA National Polls. 
1990 Brandi Chastain ’91 is awarded Santa Clara’s first Honda Award as the National Player of the Year for Women’s Collegiate Soccer. 
1991 Women’s Basketball wins their 1st WCC Championship and WNIT National Championship. The program has gone on to win 8 WCC conference titles 
1992 Volleyball team captures their 1st WCC Championship title. 
1993 Women’s Soccer wins their 1st of what will be 9 WCC Championships.
1993 Women’s Golf team notches their 1st tournament win at the Menlo College Invitational.
1993 Kris Kosnoski ’94 receives the program’s 1st WCC Player of the Year Honor for Volleyball.
1993 Melissa King ’93 caps her senior basketball season receiving the program’s 1st All-American Honors. King holds the school record for points scored (men and women) while helping lead her team to their 1st WNIT Championship in 1991, a 1st NCAA appearance in ’92 and 3 straight WCC titles. Her retired jersey now hangs in the rafters of the Leavey Center. 
1994 Margaret Krawiec ’95 (Women’s Soccer) is awarded the 1st WCC Female Scholar Athlete of the Year award. She was also awarded the school’s first NCAA Post Graduate Scholarship Award. 
1995 Marygrace Colby retires after a 32 year career at Santa Clara and as is honored with The Marygrace Colby Female Student Athlete Scholarship. 
1997 Mandy Clemens ’03 is awarded the WCC Soccer Player of the Year – the first of what would be many.
1998 Women’s Water Polo program started as a club program and by the year 2000 had moved into D-1 competition. 
1999 Mandy Clemens ’99 receives the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy. The award is given to the top women’s soccer player in the country.
2001 The Santa Clara Women’s Soccer Team wins a National Championship–1st NCAA Women’s National Championship in school history. 
2001 Annie Garrison ’01 receives the WCC Scholar Athlete of the year Award for her work on the basketball court and in the classroom.
2001 Aly Wagner ’02 is awarded the Honda Award for Women’s Soccer – The program’s 2nd Student Athlete to win the national award.
2001-2002 Santa Clara’s Women’s Athletic Program is awarded the WCC All Sports Champions recognition.  
2002 Aly Wagner ’02 wins the prestigious M.A.C Hermann Award.  
2003 1st Women’s Tennis Player receives WCC Player of the Year Honors – Christine Limbers ’03. 
2004 Track is added to the Women’s Athletic Program. 
2004 Leslie Osborne ’05 becomes the school’s 3rd Honda Award recipient for women’s soccer.
2004 Women’s Soccer team makes its 10th Final 4 appearance.  
2004 Women’s Softball takes their 1st PCSC Conference Championship. 
2004-2005 Santa Clara Athletics wins the WCC Commissioners Cup. 
2005 First NCAA Final Four appearance for the volleyball program 
2005 Women’s Water Polo receives their 1st National Ranking (20th) 
2006 Women’s Water Polo team captures 3rd place in the WWPA Championship Final and ended the season with a program best 25-8 record. 
2006 Women’s Water Polo 1st All-American (HM) 
2007 Shannon Bell ’07 captures the 1st COSIDA Academic All-American honor in the Cross Country program.
2008 The Women’s Water Polo team is honored with the 7th Highest National Academic/GPA team ranking.
2008 Noelle Lopez ’09 (Cross-Country) receives the prestigious Rhodes Scholar Award. 
2008 Crystal Matich ’08 leads the Volleyball team to their 5th WCC title and on to their 10th straight trip to the NCAA tournament. Crystal would go onto to receive WCC Player of the Year honors. 
2009 1st NCAA tournament appearance by a SCU golfer. Miki Ueoka ’11 ties for 9th in the National Championship tournament. Miki would go on to receive the programs 1st All-American honors for her outstanding year.  
2009 Water Polo reaches WWPA Championship, a program first. 
2009 Stephanie Wilson ’11 wins the WCC Cross Country Individual Title, a first in program history.
2010 Brandi Chastain ’91 becomes Santa Clara’s 1st Women inducted into the WCC Hall of Honor 
2010 Bianca Henninger ’12 is awarded the U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the year and receives the prestigious Golden Gloves Honor at the 2010 U20 World Cup (soccer). 
2011 Women’s Golf team wins the Colby Invitational Golf Tournament for the 1st time in it’s 13 year history.
2012 Tanya Schmidt ’12, All WCC 1st team, graduates with the highest GPA of all Academic All-Americans and as a Rhodes Scholar Finalist. She is awarded WCC and NCAA Post Graduate Scholarship Awards for her excellence on the courts and in the classroom. 
2012 Katie Le ’14 becomes the 1st Women’s Tennis Player to compete in the NCAA Singles Championship. She was selected as the program’s 1st District 8 COSIDA Academic All-American and WCC Player of the Year. 
2012 Briana Knight ’12 sets records as the #2 All-time leader for both homeruns and RBIs in the Pacific Coast Conference. She receives 1st team All PCSC honors for her season efforts. 
2013 Women’s Softball joins the WCC and plays their 1st home match ever on the Santa Clara campus.
2013 Women’s Basketball Student Athlete, Ashley Armstrong ’13 selected to serve as Valedictorian and WCC Post Graduate Scholarship Award Recipient.
Fall-2013 Beginning in the Fall, Santa Clara Women will begin their 50th year of competition.