LADIES DOIN’ WORK

The women’s lacrosse team beating Oregon on Saturday to clinch a spot in the NCAA Tournament for the third straight season is one more accolade in what has been a banner year for women’s sports at USNA. The team is 18-2 and went undefeated in conference play, winning their third Patriot League title in only their fifth varsity season. The other upstart women’s team, tennis, finished 20-3 and advanced to the conference finals in their third varsity season. The women’s track team just won the Patriot League championship on Saturday, while the crew team placed second the week before. The basketball team advanced to the NCAA tournament after winning their second straight Patriot League tournament. The soccer team completed another winning season, finishing 13-6-3 and advancing to the Patriot League tournament final. The swimming & diving team set a meet record in winning the Patriot League before moving on to their first ECAC championship. The cross country team won the Patriot League championship and placed 7th at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship, their highest finish since 2000. Our cup runneth over.

That’s a good thing, not just as a fan, but because it’s important to the school that Navy’s women’s programs have success. In order to attract high-achieving women to USNA, it’s vital to show that they can excel in an environment that has traditionally been more appealing to men. Individual women are themselves the best recruiting tool as they go out into the fleet and have successful careers, but athletics are another highly visible way to demonstrate overall kick-assness. Navy’s ladies are doing just that, putting together what might be the most successful year for women’s athletics in service academy history.

I’m not going to look it up. Let’s just accept it as fact and brag about it.

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3 Responses

  1. Great job all around for the women of USNA!

  2. A quick look at the Navy Sports site shows the following women’s sports:
    Basketball
    Cross Country
    Lacrosse
    Rowing
    Soccer
    Swimming & Diving
    Tennis
    Track & Field
    Volleyball
    Plus Combined Sports
    Rifle
    Sailing – Intercollege
    Sailing – Offshore
    Plus Club Sports
    Women’s Golf
    Women’s Rugby
    Women’s Softball
    and maybe some club sports that are “combined”
    That’s 15 (or more) women’s sports for an enrollment of approximately 1,000 (can someone give me a more exact figure?) Now go back and reread the article showing the accomplishments of these teams.
    WOW!

  3. There were no women midshipmen when I was there, but I am so proud of them for their victories, and of the Academy and the Navy for opening the opportunities for the magnificent performance they demonstrate – in the classroom, in the Hall, and in the Fleet.

    BZ, Sisters!

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