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In the last two weeks, USC men's volleyball and women's water polo fell a match short of the ultimate goal.  Despite losing in NCAA championship games, both programs proved to be on the precipice of adding to Troy's haul of 116 national championships and counting.

Vavic-Nati-2012-DA.jpgIn its rich athletic history, USC is accustomed to the top spot, but familiar with finishing second.  Trojan teams have finished as the national runner-up 69 times. 

Men's volleyball and women's water polo know that you have to be in it to win it.  They have combined to win nine national titles to go along with 13 second place finishes.

The runner-up spot is a mark of consistency as well.  Men's swimming and diving banked nine national championships under head coach Peter Daland, but the program has ended the season as the runner-up a USC record 11 times.

What are the two most consistently dominant Trojan athletic programs?  Men's track and field (26 team titles, 8 seconds and 8 thirds) and men's tennis (19 team titles, 8 seconds and 11 thirds).

National championship season is in full force this month as men's and women's tennis, men's and women's golf, women's rowing and men's and women's track and field are all expected to be in the hunt for team and individual crowns. 

Ciarelli-Goodbye-PC.jpg(Top photo by Dan Avila, bottom by Pierson Clair)

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