BABSON PARK, Mass.—For nearly a half-century, women have been an integral part of the success of Babson Athletics. As Women's History Month wraps up, we present a snapshot of some of the top moments in department history.
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1965: Betty Catinella becomes the first female head coach in Babson history when she takes over the men's swimming & diving program.
1974: Basketball makes its debut as the College's first women's team with a five-game schedule, and four women compete for the men's swimming & diving program.
1983: Tennis completes its only undefeated season going 14-0 on the way to winning the Massachusetts Division III State Championship.
1987: Alpine Skiing wins the first of its five conference titles and Anne Sarich '89 qualifies for the USCSA National Championships, becoming the College's first female All-American.
1991: Alpine Skiing makes its first USCSA National Championships appearance
1992: Soccer wins the first of three straight NEW 8 championships going unbeaten through the regular season and conference tournament.
1993: Basketball makes its first NCAA Tournament appearance reaching the Sweet 16, while Jordana Schneiderman '95 becomes the first to qualify for the NCAA Division III Diving Championships.
2004: Lydia O'Halloran '05 become cross country's first female all-conference honoree.
2005: Softball wins a school-record 38 games and captures the program's first NEWMAC championship.
2005: Field hockey is selected to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history where it advances to the second round with a victory over Utica.
2006: Meg Lynch '08 wins three of her eight individual event championships and is the first from Babson, male or female, to be selected as the NEWMAC Swimmer of the Year.
2007: Meg Lynch '08 becomes the first female swimmer to qualify for the NCAA Division III Championships.
2007: Lacrosse wins the first of five straight NEWMAC titles on the way to making five consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. They would advance to the Round of 16 in four straight years between 2007-10.
2011: Coming off a national quarterfinal appearance a year earlier, basketball starts the year 30-0 and again reaches the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals before falling to eventual national champion Amherst.
2013: Marina Capalbo '15 becomes the first in track & field program history to qualify for the NCAA National Championships.
2013: Marina Capalbo '15 becomes the first cross country runner, male or female, to qualify for the NCAA National Championships. She made a repeat at nationals in 2014.
2014: Volleyball records its first NEWMAC Tournament victory in 21 years on the way to capturing the program's first conference championship and NCAA Tournament berth.
2015: After claiming its second NEWMAC championship in the fall, tennis competes in the NCAA Tournament for the first time and advances to the second round with a win over Colby-Sawyer.
2015: Marina Capalbo '15 becomes Babson's first NEWMAC Track Athlete of the Year and qualifies for NCAA nationals for the third consecutive season in the 1500 meters.
2015: Soccer qualifies for the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history.
2016: Field hockey sets a school record for wins, captures its second NEWMAC championship and becomes the first women's program to reach the NCAA Final Four with a 1-0 win over Franklin & Marshall on MacDowell Field.
2017: Legendary basketball head coach Judy Blinstrub records her 600th career win. She is the only coach in Division III history with over 600 wins in basketball and 200 in soccer.
2017: Softball wins three straight elimination games to capture the Babson Park Regional title and advance to the NCAA Tournament Super Regionals for the first time.
2018: A year after advancing to the regional final, volleyball is selected as one of eight NCAA Tournament hosts and defeats Bowdoin to advance to the national quarterfinals for the first time