2012-13 Pac-12 year in review
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - For the eighth-consecutive year, the Pac-12 had the most NCAA titles or tied for the most of any conference in the country, winning at least six every year since 2000-01. No other conference has won double-digit NCAA crowns in a single year, the Pac-12 doing so six times, including a record 14 in 1996-97. The Conference’s eight national titles came in the form of five women’s and three men’s crowns. Five different league schools claimed NCAA titles and, of the six NCAA institutions to have won multiples titles, two were from the Pac-12. No other conference in the country had more than one team win multiple NCAA titles.
The 2012-13 season kicked off with an impressive contigent of nearly 240 athletes competing at the 2012 London Olympic Games where 45 medals were won by Pac-12 affiliated . The fall marked the Conference's first NCAA title of the season as OREGON won its first women's cross country title since 1987. Conference teams went on to claim eight NCAA Championships during 2012-13.
USC was the only institution in the country to win three NCAA titles in 2012-13, claiming both the men’s and women’s water polo titles, as well as women’s golf. It was the fifth-straight men’s water polo win, while the women’s golf team dominated the field, winning with a NCAA-record 19-under. OREGON won a pair of NCAA titles, capturing its first women’s cross country crown since 1987 then stood atop the podium at the women’s indoor track & field championships for the fourth-consecutive year. STANFORD reclaimed the women’s tennis national championship, its first since 2010, while COLORADO won the skiing championship for the second time in three years. UCLA claimed its first-ever baseball title, which was the program’s first in the sport and the institution’s nation-leading 109th NCAA title all-time.
In addition to the eight national championships, the Pac-12 also had runners-up in eight NCAA Championship events: women’s volleyball (Oregon), men’s water polo (UCLA), skiing (UTAH), men’s swimming (CALIFORNIA), women’s swimming (CALIFORNIA), women’s rowing (CALIFORNIA), men’s tennis (UCLA) and women’s water polo (STANFORD). Overall, the Conference had 33 teams finish in the top four at 25 NCAA Championship events.
Participation in the postseason was a common occurrence for the Pac-12 in 2012-13. Of the 22 sports sponsored by the Conference, 15 witnessed at least half its teams participating in NCAA or other postseason action. The men sent 59 of a possible 101 teams into the postseason (58.4 percent), while the women sent 70 of a possible 114 teams (61.4 percent).
For a comprehensive look at all 22 Conference-sponsored sports, click on the link above for the 2012-13 Year in Review.