Pac-12 Nets 450th NCAA Championship
WALNUT CREEK, Calif.--With USC winning the NCAA men's tennis title today, Pac-12 Conference teams have now claimed 450 NCAA Championships, becoming the first conference in history to reach the landmark.
USC secured the Pac-12's 450th title with a 4-2 victory over Virginia for its fourth consecutive NCAA tennis crown, and 20th overall. This also marks the Pac-12's 53rd men's tennis title in 67 years of NCAA men's tennis championships.
"450 national championships out of one Conference is an extraordinary milestone," Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said.
With eight team titles thus far in 2011-12, the Pac-12 currently leads all conferences in NCAA titles this academic year, ahead of the Big Ten's five NCAA titles. The Pac-12 has led the nation in NCAA Championships in 45 of the last 51 years. With league members competing in the postseason in seven additional championships this spring, the Pac-12 has a chance to make that 46 in 52 years and continue to stake it's claim as the Conference of Champions.
"We are extremely proud of our student-athletes who continue to compete and achieve success at such a high level," Scott added. "With the launch of the Pac-12 Networks this summer, we look forward to providing Pac-12 fans across the country with many opportunities to witness firsthand the outstanding performances of our national champions."
USC earned its 95th NCAA title, having now captured 81 men's titles and 14 women's titles. The Trojans are third all-time in the NCAA in the number of team titles, behind conference members UCLA (108) and Stanford (103).
The USC men's tennis team joins STANFORD's women's soccer, UCLA women's volleyball, USC's men's water polo, OREGON women's indoor track and field, CALIFORNIA's men's and women's swimming and diving and Stanford's women's water polo as the eight Pac-12 teams to claim national championships this academic year.
The 450 Pac-12 championships consist of 305 men's titles and 145 women's championships and all 12 Pac-12 institutions have won multiple national championships.
The moniker Conference of Champions has been earned by the number of titles, but also the depth of success. Pac-12 teams have won championships in 27 of the 37 Division I sports the NCAA sponsors and has reached double digit titles in 19 of those sports.
The Conference will have a chance to add more titles this year as it will have teams competing in seven additional championships this spring - women's golf (May 22-25), women's rowing (May 25-27), men's golf (May 29-June 3), softball (May 31-June 6), men's and women's track and field (June 6-9) and baseball (June 15-26).