National Girls and Women In Sports Day To Be Recognized

Jan. 26, 2004

EASTON, Pa (www.lafayette.edu) - With the 18th annual National Girls and Women In Sports Day (NGWSD) scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 4, Lafayette will honor the occasion at the Leopards' men's and women's swimming and diving meet against SUNY-Binghamton on Wednesday, Jan. 28. To celebrate NGWSD, the first 100 girls in attendance at the 4 p.m. competition will receive a free NGWSD T-shirt.

Carrie Abildgaard , a senior women's swim team captain said,"Female participation in all levels of athletics has increased tremendously over the past generation. Through the support of countless groups, women are provided with the same opportunities as men. Not only has it been a source of recreation, but it also has taught me a great deal about life and fostered the self-confidence and leadership skills which I possess today."

The theme of this year's NGWSD is "Play Fair," which will be celebrated in all 50 states with community-based events, award ceremonies, and activities honoring the achievements and encouraging participation of girls and women in sports. U.S. Congress chartered the Day in 1986 to honor female athletic achievement and recognize the importance of sports and fitness participation for all girls and women.

Jim Dailey has been coach of the men's and women's swimming and diving teams since 1992. "Since my start at Lafayette in 1992, our team has grown from 18 to 32 participants. We have had a significant increase in female particiaption which has also increased our athletic and academic acheivement. We are truly honored for the opportunity to exhibit changes in our swimming program with the celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day," he commented.

The Leopards' swimming and diving competition vs. Binghamton will be held in Allan P. Kirby Sports Center's Ruef Natatorium. The men's and women's teams are coming off a successful winter training trip where they swept the Plantation Relays in Plantation, Fla. The Lafayette women took first in all nine events and the men took first in eight of nine events.