The information in this section is from Mitzi Witchger of GREAT. Mitzi Witchger is a gender equity consultant who founded GREAT (Girls Really Expect A Team)! As a parent of two sons and a daughter who have been varsity high school and collegiate athletes and as a contributor to Gender Equity in Athletics published by the MN Dept. of Education and the MN State High School League, she is aware of the problems and possibilities of implementing Title IX. Presently Witchger serves on the board of directors of Indiana Citizens for Sports Equity and on the advisory board of the Women's Sports Foundation.
The following programs have announced the intention to have a varsity women's ice hockey program. A total of 40 teams is needed for women's hockey to become an official NCAA sport.
Varsity Status - by year 1997-98 1998-99 1999-00 2000-01 Independent- Division I (3) University of Minnesota-TC Yes Yes Yes Yes University of Minnesota-Duluth Yes No Yes Yes Bemidji State University No No Yes Yes Mankato State University No Yes Yes Yes Ohio State University No No Yes Yes St Cloud State University No No No Yes UW -Madison No No Yes Yes Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC)- Division I (14) Boston College Yes Yes Yes Yes Brown University Yes Yes Yes Yes Colby College Yes Yes Yes Yes Cornell University Yes Yes Yes Yes Dartmouth College Yes Yes Yes Yes Harvard University Yes Yes Yes Yes Maine No Yes Yes Yes Maine (Orono) Yes Yes Yes Yes New Hampshire Yes Yes Yes Yes Niagara University No Yes Yes Yes Northeastern University Yes Yes Yes Yes Princeton University Yes Yes Yes Yes Providence College Yes Yes Yes Yes St. Lawrence University Yes Yes Yes Yes Yale University Yes Yes Yes Yes Independent- Division III (2) Chatham College Yes Yes Yes Yes University of Wisc-River Falls No Yes Yes Yes University of Wisc-Superior No Yes Yes Yes ECAC Alliance- Divison III (14) Amherst College Yes Yes Yes Yes Bowdoin College Yes Yes Yes Yes Colgate University Yes Yes Yes Yes Connecticut College Yes Yes Yes Yes Hamilton Yes Yes Yes Yes Middlebury Yes Yes Yes Yes Rensselaer Yes Yes Yes Yes RIT Yes Yes Yes Yes Sacred Heart Yes Yes Yes Yes Southern Maine No Yes Yes Yes Trinity No Yes Yes Yes Vermont No Yes Yes Yes Wesleyan Yes Yes Yes Yes Williams Yes Yes Yes Yes Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC)- Division III (6) Augsburg College Yes Yes Yes Yes Gustavus Adolphus Yes Yes Yes Yes St. Benedict's Yes Yes Yes Yes St. Catherine No Yes Yes Yes St. Mary's No Yes Yes Yes St. Thomas No Yes Yes Yes Concordia College-Moorhead No No Yes Yes Hamline No No No Yes St. Olaf College No No No No Carleton College No No No No Summary - Teams 29 39 45 47 Summary Varsity Women Teams 1997-98 1998-99 1999-00 2000-01 Independent- Division I 1 2 6 7 ECAC- Division I 13 15 15 15 Independent- Division III 1 2 3 3 ECAC Alliance- Divison III 11 14 14 14 MIAC- Division III 3 6 7 8 Total Teams 29 39 45 47 Last Updated: Thursday, 28-May-98
The information in this section was provided by Richard Hungerford, who maintains an excellent web page on women's collegiate hockey.
Women's college ice hockey will have 51 varsity teams during the 1999-2000 season. That number exceeds the requirement to become an NCAA sport. The current varsity teams are:
ECAC DIVISION I (varsity) (13) Boston College Brown Cornell Dartmouth Harvard Maine New Hampshire Niagara Northeastern Princeton Providence College St. Lawrence Yale WCWHA DIVISION I (varsity) (7) Bemidji State Minnesota Minnesota-Duluth Minnesota State Ohio State St. Cloud State Wisconsin ECAC DIVISION III (varsity) (17) Amherst Bates (club) Bowdoin Colby Colgate Connecticut College Hamilton Middlebury MIT Rensselaer RIT Sacred Heart Southern Maine Trinity College Union Vermont Wesleyan Williams MIAC (MINNESOTA INTERCOLLEGIATE) (DIII varsity) (8) Augsburg Bethel Concordia Gustavus Adolphus Hamline (club) St. Benedict St. Catherine St. Mary's St. Thomas DI INDEPENDENT VARSITIES (2) Findlay Mercyhurst DIII INDEPENDENT VARSITIES (3) Chatham Holy Cross Wisconsin-Superior MCWHA (MIDWEST ALLIANCE) (club) (1) Wisconsin-River Falls
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