Beginning Dates of Michigan Varsity Teams
The University of Michigan will have 29 varsity teams with the addition of men's lacrosse in 2011-12 and women's lacrosse in 2013-14.
|1895-96||Men's Outdoor Track|
|1908-09||Men's Basketball (1)|
|1917-18||Men's Indoor Track|
|1919-20||Men's Cross Country (2)|
|1921-22||Men's Swimming and Diving|
|1927-28||Men's Fencing (3)|
|1973-74||Women's Swimming and Diving|
|1973-74||Women's Synchronized Swimming (4)|
|1977-78||Women's Outdoor Track and Field|
|1977-78||Women's Indoor Track and Field|
|1979-80||Women's Cross Country|
|2000-01||Women's Water Polo|
1 - Men's basketball was a varsity sport for one season, 1908-09, then discontinued when Michigan left the Western Conference. Varsity competition was resumed in 1917-18 when Michigan re-joined the conference.
2 - Michigan did not field a varsity men's cross country team between 1933 and 1970, but several runners did compete as individuals in the Big Ten meet during the period. Men's cross country returned to varsity status in 1971.
3 - Fencing was a varsity sport for eight seasons, 1928-33
4 - Synchronized swimming was one of the original women's varsity sports but was discontinued when the Michigan women's athletic program joined the Big Ten Conference in 1982.