Another banner athletics year caps phenomenal four-year stretch for Texas
With the completion of the 2004-05 athletic seasons, The University of Texas' baseball National Championship capped arguably the most successful four-year stretch in Longhorn athletics history. UT has recorded four National Championships and finished in the Top 10 45 times. Of Texas' 80 opportunities to reach NCAA post-season play (including bowl games) during that stretch, the Longhorns have qualified 76 times, including 2002-03, when every Texas athletic team qualified.
Each of Texas' 20 sports programs has had a string of success during the fantastic four-year stretch. Baseball has won a pair of NCAA Championships and reached the championship round three times. Football has ranked among the nation's Top Six three times, among the Top 12 all four years and won three bowl games. Men's and Women's basketball have both advanced to three "Sweet 16s" and were each in the 2003 Final Four.
Softball has posted two third-place finishes at the Women's College World Series. Men's and Women's golf have both registered three Top-10 finishes. Men's swimming and diving won the 2002 National Championship and finished among the Top Three three times while the Women's program has finished among the Top Eight each year. Men's and Women's Tennis have advanced to each of the last four NCAA tourneys with the Men posting a pair of "Sweet 16" appearances and the women finishing second in 2005. Men's and Women's cross country have both made three NCAA Championship appearances and both the Men's and Women's indoor track and field teams have finished among the Top 10 three times. The Women's track and field team won the 2005 NCAA Outdoor Championship and has finished in the Top 10 all four years while the Men have registered two Top Nine finishes. And, the Volleyball squad reached the NCAA tourney three times, advancing to the "Sweet 16" in 2005.
The four-year span is highlighted by Texas' performance during the 2002-03 season, when they became the only school in NCAA history to have its football team finish in the Associated Press final Top 10 (No. 6), have its men's and women's basketball programs advance to the Final Four (both tied for third) and have its baseball and softball programs reach the College World Series (both tied for third).
Building on that success during the 2004-05 seasons, Texas was the only school to have its football team play in a bowl game, both of its basketball teams reach the NCAA Tournament and both its baseball and softball teams advance to the College World Series. Nineteen of UT's 20 programs advanced to NCAA sponsored post-season play this season.
Here is a look at the individual sports and their highlights from the past four years:
Women's Swimming & Diving
Men's Cross Country
Women's Cross Country
Men's Indoor Track & Field
Women's Indoor Track & Field
Men's Outdoor Track & Field
Women's Outdoor Track & Field