Rush of Championships

With the women's water polo team winning the national championship -- and the women's gymnastics team winning the national championship in late April -- UCLA still leads the nation with 89 NCAA titles. And, also, UCLA beats USC in the Lexus Gauntlet competition...

The women's water polo team defeated Stanford in the NCAA championship Sunday, 4-3, to win its second NCAA championship in two years.

The UCLA women's water polo team has created a dynasty, winning a national championship in the sport in six of the last eight years (it won four national championships before the NCAA certified the sport).

Sunday UCLA came back from a 0-2 deficit to overcome its Stanford rivals.

Senior Robin Beauregard was named the NCAA tournament MVP.

The women's gymnastics team won its fourth NCAA championship April 25th, when it outscored Alabama, Georgia, Nebraska, Michigan and Utah in the NCAA championships in Nebraska.

It's UCLA fourth NCAA championship in women's gymnastics, including three in the last four years.

UCLA senior gymnast Onnie Willis also won the Honda Award, given to the nation's top female collegiate gymnast.

That's a total of three national championships UCLA teams have won this season, having won the men's NCAA championship in soccer earlier in the school year.

UCLA also has a good shot at bringing home more NCAA championships this year. It's currently ranked #2 in women's softball, after being ranked #1 for most of the season. The Bruins begin play in the NCAA tournament Thursday, the #2 seed in the 64-team tournament. The men's golf team is also ranked #2 in the country, and just earned the #1 seed in the west regional for the NCAA championship that begins this week. UCLA's golfers won the Pac-10 championship by 27 strokes in late April. The women's track team is also currently ranked #4 in the country, with the NCAA championships in mid-June. The men's tennis team advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 this weekend when it beat USC 4-0 in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

UCLA leads the nation in NCAA championships and total national championships, having won a total of 89 NCAA titles and 110 overall. Stanford is second in the country with 85 NCAA and 95 overall championships.

With that win in men's tennis over USC, UCLA also clinched the Lexus Gauntlet for the 2002-2003 season, the award given to either UCLA or USC for beating the other in head-to-head competition in every sport during the school year.

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