MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – With today marking the official 30th anniversary of the National Girls and Women in Sports Day, Georgia College athletics would like to take a look back on the outstanding past season Bobcat women’s athletics has put together.
The 2014-15 Bobcat Women’s Basketball season was full of top stories, as the Bobcats came one win away from the NCAA Tournament, falling in the PBC Tournament Title game. Shanteona Keys (2015) was Elite 15 honoree for the second-straight year, and she joined Enisha Donley (2015) as All-PBC selections. Keys also snapped the school’s all-time scoring record in the final game of the season.
Bobcat Women’s Cross Country finished eighth in the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Championship, adding a 13th place finish at the NCAA Southeast Regional. Katherine Yost (Norcross) made an immediate impact in her first season as a Bobcat, finishing 17th overall at regionals, good for All-Southeast Region status, just the second Bobcat female in school history.
Bobcat Soccer had a school record seven conference victories this past season. The Bobcats were honored with three All-PBC Selections and the first PBC Elite 15 Award in program history went to Ally Barys (Ladera Ranch, California). Not done there, Barys also was named an Academic All-American and took a spot on the semifinalist list for the John Wooden Award from Athletes for a Better World.
No. 10 Georgia College Softball wowed the crowds all season long, setting a school record for single-season victories along the way at 47. The Bobcats hosted and won an NCAA Regional site, advancing to the NCAA SuperRegional for the first time in program history. Four Bobcats earned All-Southeast Region status, one of whom, pitcher Marisa Boyette (Marietta), was also selected as Academic All-American.
Bobcat Women’s Tennis earned a No. 16 national ranking after taking a trip to the NCAA Tournament for the 21st straight season, finishing 18-7 and advancing to the region final. Both Camille Clausse-Pujo (Bourdeaux, France) and Macy Polk (Powder Springs) were all-conference selections.
Bobcat Volleyball had a banner year, setting school marks for wins (12), conference wins (6), and making their first appearance in the PBC Tournament. Taylor Svehla (Cumming) capped off a strong rookie campaign as the PBC Co-Freshman of the Year.
This year’s slogan, “Leading the Way” recognizes girls, student and pro athletes, coaches, athletic directors and parents who are leading the way to inspire greatness in this generation and the next.
The National Girls and Women in Sports Day began in 1987 as a tribute to U.S. Olympic volleyball player Flo Hyman for her athletic achievements and her work to assure equality for all women’s sports. Hyman, a 1984 Olympic silver medalist and three-time All-American, was the first female scholarship athlete at the University of Houston. She died of Marfan’s Syndrome in 1986 while competing in a volleyball tournament in Japan.
Since that time, the National Girls and Women in Sports Day has evolved into a day devoted to acknowledging the past accomplishments of all female athletes and recognizing current achievements by girls and women in sports. The day seeks to emphasize the positive influence of sports participation on girls and women, as well as shine a spotlight on the continuing struggle for equality.
The Georgia College Department of Athletics, two-time winners of the PBC Commissioner's Cup, sponsors 11 varsity athletic programs at the NCAA Division II level. As a Division II program, Bobcat Athletics prides itself on balancing the life of the student-athlete, evidenced by the teams' multiple appearances in post-season competition as well as documented academic success and community-service involvement. Sign up at @GCBobcats on social media for up-to-the-minute reports, and visit GCBobcats.PhotoReflect.com to purchase photo prints from home athletic contests.