Women's Sports Started at the Varsity Level

  • 1971 - Women's Track and Field
  • 1978 - Slow Pitch Softball

Women's Track and Field

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The women's track team from the 1973 Centre College Yearbook.
Sitting (left to right) K. Wall, H. Taylor.
Standing (left to right) L. Thebaud , T . Miller, S. Aaron, N. Nichols, L. Johnson, S. Hartmann, J. Belcher.

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Elizabeth (Liz) Johnson, class of 1974 ran in the 1974 AIAW national championships in "dollar store shorts and home-screened tee-shirt."

Read more: 

Wilkins, Renne. May 16, 1974. "Centre's Liz Johnson: Too good to be real!" The Courier-Journal. Section B, page 8.

Women Athletes Blazing a Trail: a History of Women's Participation in Sport at a Small Liberal Arts College.  

Slow Pitch Softball

Cathy Lynch talks about the first softball team at Centre College.

Women's Sports Commentary

The Flame, "Centre College's Women's Newsletter", started in 1974 to be "a common meeting ground for Centre women." Equality on campus and in sports was a reoccuring theme in the newsletters.