National championship-filled week in Utah brings other titles to mind
Travis Morisse, AP
Three national championship trophies in three days? That could be the case for the state of Utah if BYU men's volleyball and men's rugby follow Lone Peak boys basketball, which received its trophy Thursday.
The two BYU teams aren't in uncharted territory, having won a combined five national titles between them.
The rugby club team boasts the most recent championship, having beaten Arkansas State at Rio Tinto Stadium last season. The Cougars are facing what has become a national championship rival in California, whom BYU will be playing in the title game for the seventh time in eight years.
The men's volleyball team is making its fifth appearance in the NCAA title game, though this will be the first one pitting the Cougars against fellow Mountain Pacific foe UC Irvine. A BYU win would give the Cougars their fourth national championship in 15 years.
With all the national title talk, we take a look at other Utah college national championships won over the years at the NCAA, junior college and club team levels.
The list below was compiled based on information obtained from university athletics sites, club sports Web pages and searchable news releases. If there are any national championships unintentionally omitted, feel free to send the information — along with proof of that championship — to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: Mid-century men's basketball NIT championships are included due to the nature and stature of the tournament in that time.
1951 — Men's basketball (NIT)
1966 — Men's basketball (NIT)
1970 — Men's track and field
1981 — Men's golf
1984 — Football
1993 — Men's soccer
1995 — Men's soccer
1996 — Men's soccer
1997 — Women's cross-country, men's soccer, men's lacrosse
1998 — Men's soccer
1999 — Women’s cross-country, men's volleyball, men's soccer, men's rugby
2000 — Men's lacrosse
2001 — Women's cross-country, men's volleyball, men's soccer
2002 — Women's cross-country
2004 — Men's volleyball
2007 — Men's lacrosse
2009 — Men's rugby
2011 — Men's lacrosse
2012 — Men's rugby
1916 — Men's basketball (AAU)
1944 — Men's basketball
1947 — Men's basketball (NIT)
1981 — Women's gymnastics, men's skiing
1982 — Women's gymnastics
1983 — Women's gymnastics, men's and women's skiing
1984 — Women's gymnastics, men's and women's skiing
1985 — Women's gymnastics
1986 — Women's gymnastics, men's and women's skiing
1987 — Men's and women's skiing
1988 — Men's and women's skiing
1990 — Women's gymnastics
1992 — Women's gymnastics
1993 — Men's and women's skiing
1994 — Women's gymnastics
1995 — Women's gymnastics
1996 — Men's and women's skiing
1997 — Men's and women's skiing
2003 — Men's and women's skiing
2010 — Men's rugby
UTAH STATE AGGIES
1978 — Women's volleyball
1980 — Softball
1981 — Softball
2012 — Baseball (club)
1959 — Men's basketball (junior college)
1982 — Women's golf
1992 — Men's soccer
1994 — Men's soccer
1995 — Men's soccer
2002 — Men's soccer
2009 — Men's soccer
2011 — Men's soccer
UTAH VALLEY WOLVERINES
2000 — Softball (junior college)
1985 — Men's Basketball
2002 — Men's Basketball
2004 — Baseball
1985 — Football
SALT LAKE BRUINS
2009 — Men's basketball (junior college)
Matt Petersen is the Sports Web Editor for DeseretNews.com. You can follow him on Twitter at @TheMattPetersen.
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