Brent Yarina, BTN.com Senior Editor, June 15, 2015
The Big Ten has never won more national titles in an academic year than it did in 2014-15. In all, Big Ten teams won 10 national titles, besting the conference's previous single-season record of nine in 1999-2000.
It all started with the Michigan State women's cross country team claiming its first national title on Nov. 22, and it ended with Ohio State winning its third consecutive rowing crown on May 31.
Speaking of Ohio State, the Buckeyes accounted for five of the Big Ten's national championships.
Relive all 10 of the Big Ten's national titles below:
Michigan State women's cross country
Led by four individual runners in the top 25, Michigan State claimed its first NCAA Cross Country Championship on Nov. 22. Running in front of a huge crowd of MSU fans, the Spartans finished 62 points ahead of runner-up Iowa State with a team score of 85 points, the lowest total at the NCAA Championships since 2008 (Washington, 79). Read full MSUSpartans.com recap.
Penn State women?s volleyball
Perennial power Penn State swept past BYU (25-21, 26-24, 25-14) on Dec. 20 to capture its sixth NCAA national title in the last eight years and seventh all-time, more than any other women?s volleyball team. Read full GoPSUsports.com recap.
Your 2014 NCAA NATIONAL CHAMPIONS! pic.twitter.com/HAaxqxY4fX— Penn State Women?s Volleyball (@PennStateVBALL) December 21, 2014
Ohio State football
Ohio State rolled past Alabama and Oregon on its way to winning the inaugural College Football Playoff national crown, its eighth title and first since 2002. The Buckeyes downed the 2nd-seeded Ducks, 42-20, in the national championship game Jan. 12. Read more about Ohio State's national title.
Ohio State wrestling
The 94-year wait is over. Ohio State, on the strength individual national titles by Logan Stieber and Nathan Tomasello, clinched its first team title March 21. The Buckeyes (102 points) topped second-place Iowa by 18 points, third-place Edinboro (75.5 points) and fourth-place Missouri (73.5 points). Read full OhioStateBuckeyes.com recap.
Minnesota women's hockey
Top-seeded Minnesota defeated third-seeded Harvard University, 4-1, to win the program's sixth national title on March 22 at Ridder Arena. Amanda Leveille made 19 saves, while Megan Wolfe, Hannah Brandt, Meghan Lorence and Rachael Bona all scored one goal apiece. Read full GopherSports.com recap.
Ohio State pistol
For the second consecutive season and seventh time in program history, Ohio State won the Pistol Intercollegiate National Championships on March 26. The championship marks the third time the Buckeyes have won a national title in open team competition, as they previously claimed an open team title in 2000 and 2014. Read full OhioStateBuckeyes.com recap.
Ohio State synchronized swimming
For an unprecedented 29th time, Ohio State won the US Collegiate National Championship on March 28 at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. On the strength of season-best performances across the board, the Buckeyes were able to top defending champion Lindenwood, 93-89. Read full OhioStateBuckeyes.com recap.
Nebraska captured its fifth NCAA title in school history on April 11, as the NTCA top-ranked Huskers defeated Stephen F. Austin 4-2 at Tropicana Lanes in St. Louis in front of a nationally televised audience. Read full Huskers.com recap.
Maryland women's lacrosse
The Terrpains overcame the biggest halftime deficit in championship history to capture their 13th national championship and second consecutive title on May 24. Top-seeded Maryland defeated No. 2-seed North Carolina, 9-8, after being down 6-3 at halftime. Read full UMTerps.com recap.
Ohio State rowing
No. 3 Ohio State became the first program in NCAA history to win three consecutive national titles with a resounding victory at the 2015 NCAA Division I Rowing Championships on May 31 at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center. Read full OhioStateBuckeyes.com recap.