Pac-10 Entering Historic Territory with 13 NCAA Championships
June 4, 2008
WALNUT CREEK, Calif.--Pacific-10 Conference institutions have won a remarkable 13 NCAA team championships during the 2007-08 academic year. That total is the second-highest ever for a conference and just one title shy of the all-time record of 14, which the Pac-10 achieved in 1996-97. With three NCAA Championships still to be decided (baseball and men's and women's track & field), the Pac-10 has the opportunity to equal or surpass that mark.
To put the numbers in some sort of perspective, Pac-10 institutions have won 41% (13 of 32) of the NCAA titles decided so far this year. The next highest total for a conference is the five titles claimed by the Big Ten Conference. In fact, the Pac-10's total of 13 NCAA titles is just one shy of the 14 won by the other 10 FBS conferences combined to date. The Pac-10 is the only conference ever to win 10 or more NCAA championships in one year, with 2007-08 being the fifth time the league has accomplished that feat.
Also reflecting the all-around excellence of the conference is the fact that seven of the 10 members have contributed to the NCAA title accumulation this year. Arizona State and UCLA are the only institutions in the nation with three NCAA crowns this season, with Arizona and USC (along with Penn State and Georgia), the only other two-time winners.
The Pac-10 leads all conferences in both men's and women's team titles this year, with the dominance on the women's side particularly noteworthy. Pac-10 men's teams have won five titles, with the Big Ten next with three. Pac-10 women's teams have landed eight NCAA crowns with no other conference claiming more than two. Following are the NCAA team championships won thus far in 2007-08 by the 'Conference of Champions':
Arizona: Men's Swimming, Women's Swimming
Arizona State: Softball, Men's Indoor Track & Field, Women's Indoor Track & Field
California: Men's Water Polo
Oregon: Men's Cross Country
Stanford: Women's Cross Country
UCLA: Men's Golf, Women's Tennis, Women's Water Polo
USC: Women's Golf, Women's Soccer