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Stanford Women's Rowing History

Stanford women founded the first boating club at the University in 1896. The members were a non-competitive group in search of activities away from their studies. In 1971, seventy -five years later, women's rowing became a permanent part of Stanford Rowing. Although short on resources and equipment, the women persevered and competed as a club sport until 1986, when they received varsity status.

The elevation of women's rowing to a varsity sport signaled the beginning of a new era in the proud tradition of Stanford Rowing. At the 1983 Western Sprints, the Stanford men and women won the trophy for the best overall team. In 1989, after only three years as a varsity sport, the Stanford women placed third at the National Championships. The women last appeared at the Nationals Championships in 1995, where they finished seventh.

Stanford rowers have competed in each of the Olympic Games in which rowing was contested. Ten former Cardinal rowers have rowed for U.S. National Teams at World Championships and Olympic Games. Former Stanford rower, Cathy Thaxton Tippett, has been named to four U.S Olympic Teams, more than any other Stanford athlete.