Celebrating International Women’s Day With Utah Athletics

Mar 8, 2023, 7:02 PM

SALT LAKE CITY – “Here’s to strong women. May we know them, may we be them, may we raise them.”

Honored is an understatement when I think about all of the great stories and personalities I get to cover and showcase with Utah Athletics.

This is especially true with the female student-athletes, coaches, and administration who amaze me daily with their strength, courage, prowess, talent and kindness in a world that doesn’t always recognize their worth right off the bat.

As a woman in sports myself, I understand what it feels like to be doubted and questioned when it comes to ability and “know-how”. I also understand the euphoria of the “I told you so” moment which makes telling these stories and sharing my platform with these incredible women even more rewarding. Here is a sampling of the amazing “Utah Women” that I’ve been able to write about so far in honor of International Women’s Day.


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This past year was the 50th anniversary of Title IX and Utah spared nothing celebrating and honoring the women who paved the way for those currently making noise for the program, as well as those who are yet to come be a force.

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Megan (McCunniff) Marsden

Kim (Smith) Gaucher

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Empowered Utah Women

It’s been a great year to be in Utah Athletics and be a female student-athlete or coach. Volleyball, basketball, gymnastics and many more have all had some major successes over the past school year that are worth celebrating.

Red Rocks’ Jaedyn Rucker Crowned Vault Champion – KSL Sports

Utah Track, Field Advance Two Athletes To NCAA Championships

Utah Women’s Tennis Earn ITA Awards

Outside Hitter Madelyn Robinson Leaves Behind Great Utah Volleyball Legacy

No. 8 Utah Utes Take Down No. 3 Stanford Cardinal In Regular Season Finale

Utah Women’s Basketball Earns Highest Ranking After Clinching Partial Pac-12 Regular-Season Title

Utah Women’s Basketball Rake In Pac-12 Post-Season Awards (kslsports.com)

Utah Women’s Basketball In Final AP Poll Before Selection Sunday (kslsports.com)

Red Rocks Greats Pushing Boundaries, Innovating NIL (kslsports.com)

Kara Eaker Earns Pac-12 Honors After Perfect 10 On Beam (kslsports.com)

Maile O’Keefe, Makenna Smith Receive Pac-12 Recognition (kslsports.com)

Red Rocks Perform “22” Pieces For Jordan, Lowe’s Families (kslsports.com)

Red Rock Jaedyn Rucker Gets Pac-12 Specialist Of The Week (kslsports.com)

Utah Utes Women Make History Over The Weekend (kslsports.com)

Utah Gymnast Uses NIL To Fly Aaron Lowe’s Mother To Salt Lake (kslsports.com)

Cristal Isa Named Pac-12 Specialist Of The Week (kslsports.com)

Red Rocks Talk Importance Of Being On An Empowered Team (kslsports.com)

Michelle Bodkin is the Utah Utes Insider for KSLsports.com and host of both the Crimson Corner Podcast (SUBSCRIBE) and The Saturday Show (Saturday from 10 a.m.–12 p.m.) on The KSL Sports Zone. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram: @BodkinKSLsports




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