Springfield College Women's Gymnastics

From national championships to international tours to the Olympics, the history of the Springfield College women's gymnastics team shows the triumph of an extremely successful team. This collection showcases photographs and documents that trace the history of women's gymnastics at Springfield College. Beginning in 1951, the year the College became co-ed, Coach Judd occasionally invited women with prior experience to perform as guests in the Home Show. Three years later, Dr. Ruth Evans, the director of women's physical education, worked with Coach Judd to include women on the parallel bars and trampoline. In 1956, Betty Wiesner spearheaded the women's gymnastics club, which held shows and performed a number in the Home Show. Although in the following years the women's team performed more frequently, it wasn't until 1962 that they became an equal and integral part of the Springfield College gymnastics exhibition team. In 1968, they competed in (and won!) the very first National Collegiate Women's Championship. Much of the material in this collection was compiled by Emily Hildebrand. Share, comment and correct any of the information you see on these images. We would love to learn more!

Created by Springfield College Archives and Special Collections

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