Pac-10 Leads the Way with Nine NCAA Team Championships
June 27, 2006
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -
The Pac-10 lived up to its well deserved billing of 'Conference of Champions' by capturing nine NCAA titles during the 2005-06 academic year, more than any other conference. The Pac-10 total of nine NCAA titles was followed by the Atlantic Coast Conference and Southeastern Conference, which shared runner-up honors with six NCAA crowns.
The women led the way for the Pac-10 with six NCAA titles, double the number of any other conference, with the men contributing three crowns. Seven different Pac-10 schools claimed titles led by UCLA and Stanford with two each. UCLA, which has raised its NCAA team championship total to 99, most in the nation, claimed titles in men's volleyball and women's water polo. Stanford had a pair of titles in women's tennis and women's cross country. Single NCAA crowns were won by Washington (women's volleyball), Oregon State (baseball), Arizona (softball), USC (men's water polo) and California (women's rowing).
Besides the NCAA titles, the Pac-10 also had national runner-up finishes in six other NCAA championships--men's basketball (UCLA), women's soccer (UCLA), women's outdoor track and field (USC), women's indoor track and field (Stanford), men's swimming and diving (Arizona), and women's golf (USC)--as well as the BCS football national championship game (USC).
In addition, seven Pac-10 institutions finished the 2005-06 academic year ranked in the final U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cup Top-20, the most of any Conference. Stanford won its 12th consecutive Directors' Cup, accumulating 1,197.375 points. UCLA finished second in the Cup standings with 1,071.375 points, while California and USC finished seventh and 10th, respectively. Arizona finished 11th, Arizona State was 13th and Washington finished 18th.
Following is the conference breakdown of institutions ranked in the Top-20 of the final 2005-06 U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cup standings (number in parenthesis indicates conference membership total).
Conference Top-20 Schools 1. Pacific-10 (10) 7 2. Atlantic Coast (12) 4 3. Big Ten (11) 3 4. SEC (12) 3 5. Big 12 (12) 2
Where Pac-10 Schools Ranked:
School Total Pts 1. Stanford 1,197.375 2. UCLA 1,071.375 7. California 865.500 10. USC 840.000 11. Arizona 831.625 13. Arizona State 784.625 18. Washington 692.250 57. Oregon State 318.125 63. Oregon 245.500 71. Washington State 219.500
2005-06 NCAA Championships By Conference:
Conference Men/Combined Women TotalPac-10 3 6 9Atlantic Coast 3 3 6Southeastern 3 3 6Big 10 3 1 4Big 12 4 1 5West Coast 1 1 2