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History of Women in Sports Timeline - 2004
"The greatest obstacle to that swim, in my opinion, was fear.
- Gertrude Ederle, age 91, on her record-breaking swim of the English Channel
I was never fearful of anything, you know. I was a daring devil."
at age 19 on August 6, 1926. She died Nov. 30, 2003 at age 98.
- 2004 - Michelle Kwan wins her seventh straight national title and eighth overall at the US Figure Skaing Championships in Atlanta.
- 2004 - 14-year-old ninth grader Michelle Wie becomes the youngest player in a PGA Tour event, missing the cut by one stroke at the Sony Open in Hawaii. After two days of play she finishes at even-par 140 for the tournament, tied for 80th in the 144-player field and ahead of more than a dozen Tour event winners.
- 2004 - 102-year old Viola Cady Krahn is inducted into the International Masters Swimming Hall of Fame. She competed in meets until she was 101, and held 17 masters world diving titles in her career which spanned more than 80 years, begining in 1919. She won junior national diving championships in 1922, 1923 and 1924, and in 1922 she set the fastest pace for a female for 220 meters. (She died 1 June 2004.)
- 2004 - German women continue to dominate the luge event with the 80th consecutive win by a German when Olympic champion Sylke Otta wins a World Cup singles race. Two other Germans - Silke Kraushaar and Barbara Neidernhuber - come in the other two top spots.
- 2004 - Justine Henin-Hardenne becomes only the ninth woman to hold three of the four tennis majors at one time with her victory over Kim Clijsters (6-3, 4-6, 6-3) in the Australian Open women's title match for her third Grand Slam title.
- 2004 - The US women's national soccer team defeats Canda 2-0 in the final of the Four Nations Cup, taking the title for the second straight year.
- 2004 - 24 year old Autsrian native Andrea Mayr runs up the 86 flights of stairs in the Empire State Building in 12 minutes, 8 seconds, winning the stair race organzied annually by the New York Runners Club.
- 2004 - Abby Wambach scores a hat trick, the second of her career, as the United States Wins Algarve Cup Title against Norway, 4-1, for its second straight Algarve Cup title. France took third place, beating Italy, 4-3, in a penalty-kick shootout.
- 2004 - Connecticut's Diana Taurasi is the 2004 Naismith College Basketball Player of the Year for the second consecutive year. The two-time Big East Player of the Year is averaging 15.6 points per game.
- 2004 - The Associated Press women's college basketball All-America team is announced, with Duke's Alana Beard becoming just the second three-time member. Other selections include Connecticut's Diana Taurasi, Penn State's Kelly Mazzante, Stanford's Nicole Powell and Kansas State's Nicole Ohlde.
- 2004 - Justine Henin-Hardenne, 21, beats Lindsay Davenport 6-1, 6-4 for the Pacific Life Open title, her fourth title of the year.
- 2004 - Annika Sorenstam, a six-time player of the year, wins her 49th career title at the Safeway International with an 18-under 270 par. Her career earnings are $13.38 million in her 10-plus years on the tour.
- 2004 - Grace Park, 25, wins her first major at the Kraft Nabisco Championship with a 3-under 69, beating 17-year old Aree Song.
- 2004 - Two years after becoming the first girl in Illinois to dunk a basketball in a high school game, 6-foot-3-inch Candace Parker wins the McDonald's High School All-American dunk contest in Oklahoma City, competing against five boys.
- 2004 - California of Pennsylvania (35-1) wins its first Division II basketball championship with a 75-72 win over Drury (36-2). Megan Storck is selected as the tournament's most outstanding player with 16 points and 10 assists.
- 2004 - Serena Williams wins the Nasdaq-100 Open returning to the tour after an eight-month layoff from knee surgery, beating Elena Dementieva 6-1, 6-1.
- 2004 - The Syracuse Stars under-16 girls hockey team, made up of players from the Central NY area, earn the 2004 USA Hockey's national title with a perfect 6-0 score, winning all six games they played in, and scoring first in each game as well.
- 2004 - The UConn women beat Tennessee 70-61 for their third straight D-1 championship, making history with the first sweep of the NCAA basketball championships in the same year by men's and women's teams from the same college. Diana Taurasi, a three-time all-American and once the national player of the year, is named the most outstanding player of the Final Four for a second time.
- 2004 - Lindsay Davenport becomes just the 10th woman to win 40 singles titles by defeating Amelie Mauresmo in the finals of the Bausch & Lomb Championships.
- 2004 - Nebraska University wins the first-ever women's NCAA bowling title.
- 2004 - Venus Williams earns her 30th career win, a tie for 12th in WTA Tour history, by defeating Conchita Martinez at the Family Circle Cup.
- 2004 - Fatuma Roba wins the Boston Marathon in the first ever Boston event where the women had a separate start time. In a photo finish, Irina Bogacheva places second.
- 2004 - The National Women's Party presents the 2004 Alice Award to Billie Jean King for her contributions to women in sports through lobbying for Title IX, founding the Womenís Sports Foundation, and for her dedication to ensuring equality and leadership opportunities for women and girls in all facets of their lives. The annual Alice Award honors a distinguished woman who has made an outstanding and significant contribution in breaking barriers and setting new precedents for women.
- 2004 - Michelle Akers will be inducted into Soccer Hall of Fame in October. Among her other honors, she is FIFA women's outstanding player of the 20th century. Akers becomes the third female to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, joining Team USA former teammates Wendy Gebauer and April Heinrichs.
- 2004 - Jennifer Rosales, 25, wins her first LPGA title with the Chick-fil-A Charity Championship.
- 2004 - The 2003 LPGA rookie of the year, Lorena Ochoa, won her first tour title at the inaugural Franklin American Mortgage Championship, finishing at 16-under 272. Ochoa becomes the first Mexican to win on the tour.
- 2004 - The Laureus World Sports Academy honors Michelle Wie, 14, as Newcomer of the Year, the youngest athlete to win one of the awards. Wie played seven times on the LPGA Tour in 2003, missing the cut only once. She played against men on the Canadian and Nationwide tours, and her only victory in any event came at the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links, making her the youngest winner of a USGA event for adults. Annika Sorenstam is honored as Sportswoman of the Year. In 2003, Sorenstam completed a career Grand Slam on the LPGA Tour and became the first woman to play on the PGA Tour in 58 years.
- 2004 - Amelie Mauresmo defeats Jennifer Capriati 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (6) to win the Italian Open for her second straight title.
- 2004 - Ashley McElhiney, 22, becomes the new coach of the expansion Nashville Rhythm of the American Basketball Association, the first female head coach of a professional men's basketball team.
- 2004 - The only new sport introduced for the 2004 Athens Olympics is women's wrestling.
- 2004 - Se Ri Pak qualifies for a spot in the LPGA Hall of Fame with her 6-under par victory at the Michelob Ultra Open in Williamsburg, VA, with her 22nd career win. She must play another three years to qualify for the 10-year tour time minimum.
- 2004 - Polly Letofsky becomes the first women to walk around the world (completing at least 14,000 miles across at least 4 continents, starting and ending in the same place), begining her journey in 1999 as an awareness and fundraising campaign for breast cancer.
- 2004 - Annika Sorenstam finishes with a 4-under-par 68 to win the Corning Classic, her third victory in six tournaments this year, number 51 overall, and her 16th come-from-behind win.
- The UCLA Bruins beats California 3-1 for their second straight NCAA softball championship and 10th overall championship, becoming the first team to win back-to-back championships since Arizona in 1996-97.
- 2004 - Olympic champion Stacy Dragila, 33, sets a new women's outdoor world pole vault record by clearing 4.83 meters, breaking the previous record by Russian Yelena Isinbayeva at 4.82 set in 2003.
- 2004 - The National Pro Fastpitch League's inaugural season begins on June 1, fielding more than 90 women to the field as professional softball players. The league's six teams feature top collegiate players and past Olympic champions.
- 2004 - Holly McPeak captures her 68th pro beach volleyball title, setting a new womenís career record for tournament wins.
- 2004 - In the first-ever all-Russian Grand Slam title, Anastasia Myskina beats countrywoman Elena Dementieva in straight sets at the finals of the French Open 6-1, 6-2. It is her first Grand Slam Title and the first for a Russian woman.
- 2004 - Courtney Kupets and Carly Patterson share the title in the U.S. Gymnastics Championships with an identical 76.45 points in the finals. It is the second straight title for Kupets and the first for Patterson.
- 2004 - Annika Sorenstam wins her second straight McDonald's LPGA Championship.
- 2004 Maria Sharapova, 17, upsets defending champion Serena Williams (6-1, 6-4) to become the first Russian and the third-youngest woman to win a singles title at Wimbledon.
- 2004 - At 41, Meg Mallon becomes the third-oldest woman to win the U.S. Golf Open with a final score of 10-under for a two-stroke victory. She last won the Open in 1991.
- 2004 - One week after winning the U.S. Open, Meg Mallon wins the Candian Open,finishing at 18-under 270 for a first-place prize of $195,000. It is her 17th career win and she becomes the first woman to win both U.S. and Canadian titles in the same year.
- 2004 - Lindsay Davenport beats Venus Williams 7-6 (4), 5-7, 7-6 (4) for her third Bank of the West Classic title to snap a six-match losing streak to Venus in a tennis game that lasts nearly three hours.
- 2004 - Mia Hamm scores her 150th career goal in a US national team 3-1 win over Australia in a pre-Olympics game.
- 2004 - Lindsay Davenport defeats top-seeded Serena Williams (6-1, 6-3) to win the JPMorgan Chase Open one week after beating big sister Venus.
- 2004 - Ireland's Sinead Jennings wins the World Rowing Championships in the lightweight single sculls with a time of 7:41.63.
- 2004 - In their final tune-up game before the Summer Olymics, the US national soccer team
defeats China 3-1 with goals by Aly Wagner, Mia Hamm and Abby Wambach.
- 2004 - The USA Baseball Womenís National Team takes gold at thefirst International Baseball Federationís world cup, shutting out Japan in the final game 2-0. The bronze medal was won by Canada.
- 2004 - Annika Sorenstam wins the HP Open in in her native Sweden, shooting a record 8 under par 64 in the final round for her fifth title at home. The win is Sorenstamís 71st in her 12-year career.
- 2004 - Jane Park, 17, wins her first US Women's Amateur golf crown.
- 2004 - Women's participation in the Olympic games is historic. Forty-four percent of all Olympic athletes were women - the highest percentage ever! Only five countries sent no women athletes to compete, compared to 12 countries in Sydney in 2000 and 26 countries in Atlanta. Afghanistan, a country previously banned from the games because of its cruel gender apartheid, brought three women runners to compete - even the bearer of the Afghan flag in the opening ceremonies was a woman.
- 2004 - The US swimming relay team of Natalie Coughlin, Carly Piper, Dana Vollmer and Kaitlin Sandeno beat a 17-year recordwhen the 4x200 relay finished in 7 minutes 53.42 seconds. at the Athens Olympics.
- 2004 - In Olympic gymnastics, Romania wins gold, the US wins silver, and Russia takes bronze.
- 2004 - The US's Mariel Zagunis wins the first Olympic womenís individual sabre competition by defeating Chinaís Tan Xue 15-9. Zagunisí gold is the first ever gold medal for the United States women in the sport of fencing. Teammate Sada Jacobson takes the bronze medal in the first female medal all-around.
- 2004 - American Kim Rhode wins her third overall Olympic medal by hitting 36 of 40 targets in the Double Trap final.
- 2004 - In the United States Olymipc delegation, we see the Title IX generation at their best. Since Title IX went into effect in 1972, the number of young women playing sports in college has increased by more than 400% and the number of young women playing interscholastic sports in high school has increased 847%. The payoff is clear: US women's team sports dominated - with soccer, softball, and basketball taking the gold, and gymnastics taking silver.
- 2004 - Serena William beats U.S. Open champ Svetlana Kuznetsova 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 to win the China Open.
- 2004 - The NBA names Lisa Leslie the 2004 Defensive Player of the Year. Guard Diana Taurasi is the 2004 Rookie of the Year. Connecticutís Wendy Palmer and Indianaís Kelly Miller are awarded Most Improved Player honors. Minnesota head coach Suzie McConnell Serio is the 2004 WNBA Coach of the Year.
- 2004 - Laila Ali, daughter of boxing great Muhammad Ali, wins the International Womenís Boxing Federation light heavyweight championship, knocking out Gwendolyn OíNeil at the 1:59 mark of the third round.
- 2004 - Wimbledon champ Maria Sharapova beats Polandís Marta Domachowska 6-1, 6-1 to win the inaugural Korea Open.
- 2004 - The US soccer team kicked off its Fan Appreciation Tour with a 5-0 victory over New Zealand. Mia Hamm scored two goals and Kristine Lilly scored the 100th goal of her career. Both will be retiring from the team at the conclusion of the tour.
- 2004 - The Seattle Storm beat the Connecticut Sun 74-60 to win the WNBA championship. The Stormís Betty Lennox, who averaged 22.3 points in the series, earns MVP honors. Seattle head coach Anne Donovan becomes the first female coach to win a WNBA title.
- 2004 - Los Angeles Sparks center Lisa Leslie is named the WNBA Most Valuable Player for the second time in four years. Leslie led the league in rebounds (9.9) and blocked shots (2.88), and finished third in scoring (17.6). She also earned a third Olympic gold medal in Athens this summer.
- 2004 - Annika Sorenstam wins her fourth Samsung World Championship, her15th tour victory this year, bringing her yearly earnings to just over $2 million, the first time a woman golfer has ever earned that much in one year.
- 2004 - Japanís Yoku Shibui wins the Berlin Marathon in 2:19:41, the fourth-best time for a woman at that distance.
2004 - Winners at the 25th Annual Salute to Women in Sports Awards by the Women's Sports Foundation included the Wilma Rudolph Courage Award to Julie Krone, the most decorated female jockey; the Flo Hyman Award to skater Kristi Yamaguchi for giving back to womenís sports by dedicating her time and passion to athletics; and three new inductees to the Women's Sports Hall of Fame. They are tennis champ Maria Bueno in the pioneer category; Beverly Kearney in the Hall of Fame for her excellence in coaching track and field at the University of Texas for 13 years; and swimmer Nancy Hogshead-Makar as a contemporary inductee into the Hall of Fame. Golfer Annika Sorenstam receives the 2004 Individual Sportswoman of the Year Award. The 2004 Team Sportswoman of the Year Award goes to Misty May and Kerri Walsh, winners of the beach volleyball gold medal at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.
- 2004 - Amelie Mauresmo defeats Russiaís Elena Bovina 6-2, 6-0, to win the Generali Ladies Open, her 14th career title and the fourth of 2004.
- 2004 - Kathy Martin of Northport, NY, is honored as the Bengay Masters Athlete of the Year by United States Track and Field, and honor open to a woman 35 years old or older.
- 2004 - In a squeaker, England's Paula Radcliffe out-sprints Kenya's Susan Chepkemei to win the New York Marathon in 2:23:10, just 4 seconds ahead. Lyubov Denisova of Russia finishes third.
- 2004 - Annika Sorenstam matches the LPGA Tour record for consecutive victories in a tournament by winning her fourth straight Mizuno Classic, her seventh player of the year title. Her 55th title overall, she now ties Betsy Rawls for fifth place on the career list, and her $150,000 in prize money pushes her tour-leading total to $2,339,707 for the year.
- 2004 - Kelly Albin, a lacrosse player from the University of California-Davis, is selected as the NCAA Woman of the Year for her excellence in academics, athletics and community service.
- 2004 - Amelie Mauresmo beats Vera Zvonareva to defend her Advanta Championships title 3-6, 6-2, 6-2, her fifth tournament championship of the year.
- 2004 - Liz Johnson, 30 of Cheetowaga, NY, becomes the first woman to qualify for a PBA Tour event, finsihing fourth in the qualify round for the PBA Uniroyal Tire Classic. Johnson was the 1996 Rookie of the Year for the PWBA.
- 2004 - Maria Sharapova beats Serena Williams to win the WTA Tour Championships.
- 2004 - Heather Daly-Donofrio wins the LPGA Tournament of Champions, just the second of her career.
- 2004 - Canada beats the defending champion United States 2-1 to win gold at the Four Nations Cup in Lake Placid, NY, their seventh Four Nations Cup gold in nine years.
- 2004 - Germany defeats China 2-0 to win the FIFA Under-19 womenís soccer world championship. The United States defeats Brazil 3-0 to finish in third place.
- 2004 - Russia defeats defending champion France to win its first Fed Cup title. Anastasia Myskina and Vera Zvonareva beat Marion Bartoli and Emilie Loit 7-6 (5), 7-5, for the title.
- 2004 - The Dallas Diamonds beat the Northern Ice 68-13 to win its first Womenís Professional Football League championship.
- 2004 - Barbara Zemann becomes the first woman to play for an Austrian menís ice hockey team, startingfor KSV Feuerwehr in Austriaís third division. She had played goalie for the EHV Sabres, Austriaís champion womenís hockey team.
- 2004 - Mia Hamm, 32, and Julie Foudy, 33, close out their careers with the U.S. women's soccer team with a 5-0 victory over Mexico in December in the finale of a 10-game "Fan Celebration Tour." Hamm, the leading all-time international scorer with 158 goals, assisted on the first two goals. Teammate Joy Fawcett, 36, also retired from the national team, but did not play.
- 2004 - The University of Notre Dame defeats UCLA 4-3 on penalty kicks to win its second NCAA womenís soccer championship. Notre Dame becomes the second team to win multiple womenís soccer championships; North Carolina has 16 NCAA titles.
- 2004 - Barrel racer Kelly Maben wins her second straight round in the National Finals Rodeo.Liz Pinkston came in second and Jackie Dube placed third.
- 2004 - The WNBA LA Sparks forward DeLisha Milton-Jones is the new assistant coach for the American Basketball Associationís Los Angeles Stars, becoming the third woman to coach a professional menís basketball team.
- 2004 - Abby Wambach, 24, wins the U.S. Soccer national player award for 2004, helping the United States win the Olympics with a team-high 31 goals over a span of her last 30 matches.
- 2004 - Golfer Annika Sorenstam, 34, is named the AP Female Athlete of Year.
- 2005 - Dawn Staley of the WNBAís Charlotte Sting and three-time Olympic gold medalist was named the 2004 USA Basketball Female Athlete of the Year. She has won 10 gold medals and one bronze in international play. Staley won this honor in 1994 as well.
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