On the 40th anniversary of the passage in 1972 of TItle IX — which required all programs that received federal funds to strive for gender equality — Geneseo reflects on its strong tradition of female sportsmanship.
As early as 1922, women were competing in basketball. The college had three varsity teams three years before Title IX. Now, hundreds of young women challenge themselves and take pride in teamwork on 12 varsity teams, which have won more than 60 SUNYAC titles. Geneseo earned a national NCAA championship title in 2005 in cross-country.
Read the history of women's sports at Geneseo and stats of titles below!
2005 - NCAA cross-country champs
Total SUNYAC state titles
20 Swimming and diving
8 Outdoor track and field
7 Indoor track and field
1 Field Hockey
1922 - Women play baseball and basketball and other sports
1969 - Synchronized swimming becomes first varsity sport
1970 - Swimming and volleyball varsity teams formed
1972 - Title IX becomes federal civil rights law
1976 - Geneseo boasts six women's varsity sports
1979-80 - Swimmers clinch first state championship
1979 - Marilyn Moore is Geneseo's first female athletic trainer
1985 - Former swimmer and swim Coach Linda Piccirillo Hinckley '72 first female inducted into Geneseo Sports Hall of Fame
1999 - Marilyn Moore is Geneseo's first female athletic director
2004 - Equestrian varsity team formed
2004 - Campus athletics hub is renamed the Myrtle A. Merritt Athletic Center
2012 - 12 women's varsity teams involving approximately 275 students.
2012 - 39 women in the Geneseo Sports Hall of Fame