Athletics  

Men's Athletics -- [Women's Athletics]

USNA Baseball Team 1877USNA Baseball Team 1877. Baseball was one of first sports introduced at the Naval Academy in 1867 under Superintendent Rear Admiral David Dixon Porter. In professor James Russel Soley's, History Of The Naval Academy, 1876, he states that "Baseball is a favorite sport, each class having a nine of its own, besides the Academy nine." [#2583; 219K]

Football Team 1879Football Team 1879. Navy's First Football Squad. This group of midshipmen pioneered football at the Naval Academy. Their game in accordance with the rules of the day was a combination of Soccer, Rugby, and American Football. Their sport was strictly a student activity and not supported in any way by the Academy, at least along official lines. Expenses were footed by the players and a few of their student friends. [#2780; 219K]

Crew team 1893Crew team 1893. First Naval Academy 8-Oared Crew, 1893. Left to right: Redgely, F. E., coxswain; Kimball, H. L., stroke; Churchill, Winston, 7; Reeves, J. M., 6; Karns, F. D., 5; Castleman, K. G., 4; Poor, C. L., 3; Palmer, L. C., 2; Bookwalter, C. S., bow. Italian man o'war Eridano in left background. Santee, Essex, and Constellation at right. [#2695; 219K]

1936 Track teamThe 1936 Track team had a highly successful winter, winning the Dorsey Griffith Cup and many hard-earned medals from the Annual Catholic University Relays. Team captain Fred Bakutis and Joe Patterson indicated clearly the records in the javelin and in the hurdles were to be shattered regularly in future meets. An officer holding a stop watch is seen observing practice on the track in front of Dahlgren Hall. [#3310; 219K]

Athletic Uniforms 1938. Left to right: gymnasium, football, lacrosse, track, crew (practice), wrestling Athletic Uniforms 1938. Left to right: gymnasium, football, lacrosse, track, crew (practice), wrestling. [#5386; 712K]

Varsity wrestling team of 1949The varsity wrestling team of 1949 just couldn't seem to be defeated in dual competition. Its string of victories reached the half-century mark and the post-season excellence of the individual grapplers was no less sensational. Bart Downes is shown here wrestling against Penn State. [#3386; 219K]

Navy/Notre Dame Football 1939Navy/Notre Dame Football 1939. Navy team captain Alan Bergner leads the way for Navy's all out effort against Notre Dame. The game ended in a disappointing 14-7 loss. Bergner lined up against his hometown teammate, Army team captain Harry Stella, for the fortieth meeting between the academies and helped lead Navy to the first of three victories in a row over Army for Coach Swede Larson. [#2874; 219K]

Olympic Crew Team 1960Olympic Crew Team 1960. Team members: Coxswain William C. Long, Joseph Baldwin, Robert Wilson, Lyman Perry, Mark Moore, Howard Winfree, Gayle Thompson, Warren Sweester, Peter Bos.
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Roger Staubach, Class of 1965Roger Staubach, Class of 1965. For his performance during the 1963 season he was named recipient of college football's top honor, the Heisman Trophy. He is the only midshipman to win the Academy's Thompson Trophy Cup for best all-around athlete three consecutive years. Staubach played his entire 11 years of professional football with the Dallas Cowboys, leading his team to four Super Bowls, and achieving victories in Super Bowls VI and XII. He was selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1985, his first year of eligibility. [#2930; 219K]

Track USNA/Army 1979Track USNA/Army 1979. Navy defeated Army 82-81.
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Ice Hockey 1982Ice Hockey 1982. No. 10, team captain Jim Guiliano, and a group of talented seniors finished the 1982-83 season with a 16-3-2 record, despite facing their toughest schedule ever, with nearly every game against a Division II or Division III opponent. Navy also brought the Crabpot Tournament trophy home where it belongs by soundly defeating defending champion Penn State. [#3046; 219K]

Lacrosse Navy vs Hopkins 1981Lacrosse Navy vs Hopkins 1981. Navy had an erratic season, finishing 6-4, but was invited to the NCAA Tournament and seeded sixth. In the first round they met third seeded Army, and avenged their regular season loss to Army by defeating them 16-10. Navy lost 17-9 to the eventual NCAA champions North Carolina in the semifinals. Two Navy players were named first team All American, 1/C Syd Abernethy (Attack) and 1/C Mike McLaughlin (Defense). [#3068; 219K]

Rugby 1980Rugby 1980. Midshipman Jeff Freeman, '81 (kicking ball) controls the ball during Navy's November 17, 1980 upset victory in Annapolis over Army's previously undefeated rugby team. Freeman scored 12 of Navy's 14 points in three tries (goals) with Midshipman Chuck French adding two points on a kick to beat Army in the last ten minutes of the game, 14-11. The A side Navy ruggers finished their fall season with a 9-0-1 record. [#3107; 219K]

Soccer 1981Soccer 1981. Despite a disappointing 7-8-2 overall finish, the 1981 varsity soccer squad had several bright spots, including a 2-0 upset of highly touted Evansville (Ind.) in overtime and a 2-0 shoot-out of James Madison at home. Navy also played a close game against NCAA champion University of San Francisco in an exciting 4-2 loss at Dewey field. [#3234; 219K]

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Volleyball 1979Volleyball 1979. Navy Women's Volleyball finished their season with a 32-22 record and placed fifth in the Eastern Association of Women Division II Regional Tournament. While the year's record may not have matched that of previous seasons, the women competed against several Division I schools. They brought back trophies from four out of the six tournaments entered, placing first at George Washington Invitational over Division I Penn State, third at the Princeton Tournament, and winning the consolation rounds at the Navy Invitational and the University of Rhode Island Invitational. [#3360; 219K]

The Women's Gymnastics teamThe Women's Gymnastics team made its debut in 1980 with six scheduled meets. The team, coached by Kaye Quinn, was composed of twenty members, led by team captain 1/C Sharon Hanley, and co-captain 1/C Cheryl Sponholtz. [#3032; 198K]

Swimming 1981Swimming 1981. Despite a lack of depth, the women's swimming team was able to develop enough stars to finish 14th out of 62 teams in the Division II AIAW Nationals. Four swimmers earned All-American Status - Cheryl Dolyniuk, Laurie Grammer, Kristen Collins, and team captain Terri Riggs. This was the third such award for Collins and Riggs and the second for Dolyniuk. [#3258; 198K]

Basketball 1982Basketball 1982. The Women's Basketball team had their best season in their five year history, finishing the season with an impressive record of 18-8. The mids also won the first post-season playoff game in their history. The win came in the first round of the mid-Atlantic EAIAW Division II playoffs; Navy scored 99 points, the most ever for a women's basketball team in a single game, to defeat Indiana of PA. [#2668; 219K]

Women's softball teamDemoted from varsity to club status in 1982, the women's softball team lost key personnel to other varsity sports and graduation, but finished their 1-7 season with optimism. A 6-4 victory over University of Maryland and a series of one run heartbreakers to Anne Arundel Community College, the Maryland Junior College Champs, national tourney participants, and George Mason University, an NCAA Division II team, kept up hopes for next season's team. [#3241; 219K]

Track 1982Track 1982. In its first year of varsity status, Navy took a pair of first place finishes and had six performers gain All-American recognition at the AIAW Division III Track & Field Championships at Bloomsburg State College. Stefni Green, Sue Honan, Christine Gromek, Collene Ellis, Laura Hinkley, and Jane Ward were cited as AIAW Track & Field All-Americans (Division III). [#3353; 198K]

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