Feb. 12, 2010
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Santa Clara University athletic alumni Brandi Chastain, Mandy Clemens, Melissa King Fisher, Anna Cmaylo, Leslie Osborne and Aly Wagner headlined a list of 10 former Broncos named among the best female athletes in the 25-year history of the West Coast Conference (WCC).
Commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the WCC sponsoring women's athletics, the conference announced its 25th Anniversary Team this week, comprising of its top 50 former female student-athletes.
Honorable mention honorees from Santa Clara included Ynez Carrasco, Christine Limbers, Noelle Lopez and Becky Potter. Current SCU women's basketball head coach Jennifer Mountain was also an honorable mention selection for her outstanding playing career while at Gonzaga University from 1987-1991.
With a tradition that includes national championships, All-Americans and countless NCAA Tournament appearances, the West Coast Conference has established itself as a national force in collegiate women's athletics. The 2009-10 school year marks the 25th anniversary of when the WCC began sponsoring women's athletics.
"The West Coast Conference and its member institutions take a great deal of pride in the tradition of success that we have shared in women's athletics," said WCC Commissioner Jamie Zaninovich. "Countless outstanding female student-athletes have competed in the WCC, establishing it as one of the premier conferences in the nation for women's athletics.. These 50 individuals represent the elite of their respective sports at the collegiate and international levels."
The WCC began sponsoring women's athletics in 1985 with volleyball, cross-country, basketball, and tennis entering their first years of conference competition. The WCC added women's soccer as a conference sport in 1992, followed by women's rowing and women's golf in 1997. Members of the WCC Women's Athletics 25th Anniversary Team represent all seven of the Conference's sponsored women's sports with multiple representatives from all eight league schools.
The WCC will honor one representative of the Women's Athletics 25th Anniversary Team from each school at the 2010 Zappos.com WCC Basketball Championships. The WCC will also spot light each member of the 25th Anniversary Team through the spring sports season.