Women's Athletics 50th Anniversary
Join us in honoring the 50-year legacy of women competing in the conference

This year UW-Eau Claire Women’s Athletics celebrates the 50th Anniversary of competing in a conference, first the WWIAC, then the WIAC.  From the humble beginnings in 1971 to the 13 sports offered for women today, the Blugolds celebrate all those who have played a role in moving Women’s Athletics forward.  Throughout the next few months we will honor the pioneers who fought fiercely to give women the chance to play at UW-Eau Claire.  We will also highlight a different sport each week and give the history of how that sport began, talk about some of the glory years and mention a few of the notable women who put UW-Eau Claire Athletics on the map.  It will be a fun journey, and we hope you will join us for a new article each week on Memorable Mondays. 

 

We invite you to consider giving a financial donation to women’s athletics in general, or you can designate your gift to a specific sport.  Your contribution will help continue the incredible legacy UW-Eau Claire Women’s Athletics has established and benefit our current and future athletes.    We thank you for your support in the stands, online and financially.  We are grateful for every student athlete, coach, athletic trainer, administrator and fan of Blugold Women’s Athletics and can’t wait to see what our future has in store for us.  Go Blugolds!
 

 

UW-Eau Claire's First Four-Sport All-American: Carolyn Sheild
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Most students are thrilled to graduate with honors and maybe even be lucky enough to have a job lined up. Blugold alumna Carolyn Sheild, a biology graduate, had an even longer list of accolades behind her name by the time she graduated summa cum laude from UW-Eau Claire in December 1984.

 

Sheild was the first Blugold to receive All-American honors in four sports: Swimming, Cross Country, Indoor Track, and Outdoor Track. Her two seasons of swimming competition took her to the National Championships in both 1981 and 1982. In 1981 her team placed third in the 400 free relay. In both 1981 and 1982 her team took second in the 800 free relay. The 1982 relay team members Laura Ladwig, Mary Robertson, Sheild, and Stephanie Thompson set a school record of 7:58.839 at the National Championships.

 

Sheild was also named Eau Claire's Leader-Telegram Female Athlete of the Year in 1983, First Team College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-American in 1984, and was inducted into the UW-Eau Claire Women's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1988. She also found a place in the NAIA District 14 Hall of Fame, where she was inducted in 1994.

 

 

Second place 800m freestyle relay team. Pictured from left to right are Laura Ladwig, Jenny Eberlin, Carolyn Sheild, and Holly Hanson.

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Teammates Mary Jo Ferris ('83) and Carolyn Sheild ('84) made a splash in the pool and are now working together to support the team in and out of the water. MJ and Carolyn will match the next $1,500 in gifts to the Women's Swim & Dive Fund in honor of the women's athletics 50th anniversary celebration.
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Sue Pulvermacher-Alt is a Blugold Hall of Fame member and played four seasons of basketball, two seasons of volleyball, two seasons of Track & Field, and two seasons of softball as a club sport. Sue will match the first $2,000 in gifts made to the women's basketball fund in celebration of 50 years of women's competition at UW-Eau Claire.
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Coach Marilyn Skrivseth was the women's tennis coach at UW-Eau Claire for 16 years and also served as longtime Athletic Director. "Skriv" will match the first $2,000 in gifts made to the women’s tennis fund in celebration of 50 years of women's competition at UW-Eau Claire.
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Coach Doug Georgianni was the first women's golf coach at UW-Eau Claire and named this as his proudest achievement. The family of Coach Georgianni established the Douglas Georgianni Memorial Fund in his memory in 2009. Coach G.'s family will match the first $2,000 in gifts made to the women’s golf fund in celebration of 50 years of women's competition at UW-Eau Claire.
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Teammates from 1981 to 1982, Jenny Arneson and Lolly Seeger pushed each other faster during their races and are now working together to support the team off the course. Jenny and Lolly will match the next $2,000 in gifts to the Women's Cross Country Fund in honor of the women's athletics 50th anniversary celebration.
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Coach Lisa Herb led the Blugolds for 22 seasons from 1985 to 2006. Coach Herb will match the next $1,000 in gifts to the Women's Volleyball Fund in honor of the women's athletics 50th anniversary celebration.
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Diane Kelsch, goalie from 1989 to 1993 and All-American was energized by the outpouring of support from alumni and fans. To keep the momentum going Diane will match the next $1,000 in gifts to the Women's Soccer Fund in honor of the women's athletics 50th anniversary celebration.
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Judy Kruckman was Women's Athletic Director at UW-Eau Claire from 1974 to 1984 and has been a longtime champion of women in sports. She invites all women athletes, fans, and supporters to join her in championing women's athletics with a gift to the fund that supports the future of women athletes at UW-Eau Claire. Judy will match the first $2,000 in gifts to the Judy Kruckman Women's Athletics Opportunity Fund.
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