Intercollegiate Play

Women's Basketball game, 1994
Women's Basketball game, 1994

Women returned to varsity play when three women joined the men's tennis team in 1972, and when female student Elli Richardson earned a spot on the men's 1974 cross-country track team. 


Washington University implemented "Title IX" (federal legislation requiring schools to support male and female athletics equally) at the end of the federal compliance period in 1975.  The first team reorganized was Women's Varsity Tennis (absent since 1956). 

 

Coach Lynn Imergoot, director of Women's Athletics, led the team from 1975 until her retirement in 2005.  In her 30 seasons as head coach, she tabulated a career record of 435-164 (.726) and guided W.U. to seven NCAA Division Tournament appearances.  Each year more women's teams formed, and by 1978 varsity track, swimming, and volleyball teams were also established. 


 

Women's Volleyball Team
Women's Volleyball Team

"IT FEELS LIKE WE WON THE WORLD"

With a 39-7 season, the Women's Volleyball team entered the 1989 NCAA Division III final four - and returned home champions.  This victory marked the first national championship won by any Washington University athletic team since the school's founding in 1853.  Blocker Kathy Bersett exclaimed, "It feels like we won the world!"

Current Women's Varsity Sports

  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field/Cross Country Volleyball


Current Men's Varsity Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field/Cross Country

Read more about the 2010 Champion Basketball team at

http://bearsports.wustl.edu/Sports/Content/Pages/wbk3-20-10.aspx