The first season of women’s gymnastics was in 1968-1969 under coach Anise Catlett, a physical education instructor. The first meet was held on February 22, 1968, against what is now Emporia State University. Funding and facilities were a challenge throughout the duration of the program. Nevertheless, the team frequently had strong finishes in state and conference meets, with individual gymnasts qualifying for national competitions. In 1980, the decision was made to cut the program. The gymnasts who remained at KU continued the sport as a club, which still exists today.