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Women’s Swimming Overview

 Swimming, as an activity, is probably one of the oldest in history.  Ten thousand year old cave paintings have shown people swimming. Competitively, swimming emerged in the early 1800’s.  Swimming has been a part of every modern Olympics.  However, women’s competitive did not begin in the Olympics until 1912.

 Young women participated in athletic activities in the Minneapolis schools through the Girls Athletic Association (GAA).  Each school, including South, created a GAA.  The GAA allowed the ladies to participate in various sports in what is today called intermural.  They could only compete within the school. The GAA ceased to exist with the passage of Title IX. 

 At South, the first recorded events were held during the 1971/72 school year. However, there is a record of a conference meet during the 1968/69 school year, held for those students who participated in the GAA. The 1974-75 school year saw South field their first interscholastic team under the Minnesota State High School League rules.

 South has won 23 regular season conference titles, 1985/86, 1986/87, 1987/88, 1988/89, 1989/90, 1990/91, 1991/92, 1992/93, 1993/94, 1994/95, 1995/96, 1996/97, 1997/98, 1998/99, 1999/2000, 2000/01, 2001/02, 2002/03, 2003/04, 2004/05, 2005/06, 2006/07 and 2007/08.  They finished first 25 times in the conference meet during the following seasons: 1985/86, 1986/87, 1987/88, 1988/89, 1989/90, 1990/91, 1991/92, 1992/93, 1993/94, 1994/95, 1995/96, 1996/97, 1997/98, 1998/99, 1999/2000, 2000/01, 2002/03, 2003/04, 2004/05, 2005/06, 2006/07, 2007/08, 2008/09, and 2010/11.

 The team has sent many people to the Minnesota State High School Tournament.  The first participants were in the 1985-86 school year. Tasha Willis, in the 50 yard freestyle, Anne MacEachern in the 100 yard breaststroke, and the team of MacEachern, Kathy Munson, Soonie Olson and Willis in the 200 yard medley relay were South’s first State participants.

 ***The information on this and the yearly historical pages, including photographs, has been amassed through a variety of sources, including South High School yearbooks (much of the written information is directly from what was written in the yearbooks), Minneapolis Newspapers, and District archives.

 ***If there are additions or corrections, please contact the South High Athletic Department.