Beginning Dates of Michigan Varsity Sports
|Men's Sports||Women's Sports|
|1908/09||Basketball (1)||1973/74||Swimming and Diving|
|1917/18||Track (Indoor)||1973/74||Synchronized Swimming (4)|
|1919/20||Cross Country (2)||1975/76||Gymnastics|
|1921/22||Swimming and Diving||1977/78||Softball|
|1927/28||Fencing (3)||1979/80||Cross Country|
1 - 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 team between 1933 and 1970, but several runners did compete as individuals in the Big Ten meet during the period. Cross Country returned to varsity status in 1971.
3 - Fencing was a varsity sport for eight seasons, 1928-1933
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