This article focuses on sports championship streaks - Sorry, New England Patriots, Chicago Bulls, Montreal Canadiens, and New York Yankees - you just didn’t win enough championships in a row. We’re talking about winning it all every year.
This article is sure to help you bring home the championship of sports trivia at your local bar or international water cruise!! Now let’s get down to the facts. Here’s our top 10 list that was scrutinized over an internet search.
10. Indiana University Men’s Swimming and Diving - 6 Consecutive NCAA Championships.
Indiana University won six consecutive NCAA championships from 1968–73 in men's swimming and diving. Their coach James 'Doc' Counsilman was arguably the greatest swimming coach ever and for good reason. 'Doc' , as he was referred to for his doctorate's degree in physiology from the University of Iowa, led the Hoosiers to the above mentioned six straight NCAA Championships, in addition to 23 Big Ten titles during his 33-year tenure, including 20 straight championships from 1961-80. Counsilman's career record at Indiana is unmatched in any sport. In his 33 years, he went 285-41, including 18 undefeated seasons, 12 of which came in a row from 1967-78. 60 of Counsilman's swimmers went on to be Olympians, including one of the best in U.S. history, Mark Spitz.
9. Concordia University (Saint Paul) Women’s Volleyball Team - 7 Consecutive NCAA Division II Championships
The Concordia University (Saint Paul) women's volleyball team captured the NCAA Division II Championships in seven consecutive seasons 2007-2013) – the only NCAA volleyball program to accomplish the feat at the Division I or II levels.
8. UCLA Men’s Basketball - 7 Consecutive Championships
From 1948 to 1975, John Wooden, nicknamed the "Wizard of Westwood," served as UCLA's head coach. He won ten NCAA national championships in a 12-year period, including the run of seven in a row (1967-1973) that shattered the previous record of only two consecutive titles; to this day, no other team has won more than two straight titles. That winning streak was started by the arrival of sophomore All-American and MVP Lew Alcindor, better known as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. And then in 1971, sports celebrity Bill Walton was added to the team. Walton played for UCLA under Coach Wooden from 1971 to 1974. Bill Walton led the Bruins to two consecutive 30–0 seasons and the NCAA men's basketball record 88-game winning streak. The UCLA streak contributed to a personal winning streak that lasted almost five years, in which Walton's high school, UCLA freshman (freshmen were ineligible for the varsity at that time) and UCLA varsity teams did not lose a game from the middle of his junior year of high school to the middle of his senior year in college.
7. Boston Celtics - 8 Consecutive NBA Championships
The Boston Celtics hold the longest consecutive NBA Finals appearance streak with ten appearances between 1957 and 1966. During the streak, the Celtics won eight consecutive NBA championships—also an NBA record.
6. Yomiuri Giants - 9 Consecutive Japan Series Championships
World career home run record holder (868) sports celebrity Sadaharu Oh starred for the Yomiuri Giants of the Nippon Professional Baseball League from 1959–1980, and fellow Hall of Famer Shigeo Nagashima played for the team from 1958–1974. The Giants lineup, consisting of Oh batting third and Nagashima batting fourth, was nicknamed the ON Hou, (translated to: Oh-Nagashima Cannon) as the two players emerged as the best hitters in the league. The team's manager, Tetsuharu Kawakami led the Giants to nine consecutive Japan Series Championships from 1965–1973, with Oh and Nagashima dominating the batting titles during this period. The Giants are the oldest team among the current Japanese professional teams. The Yomiuri Giants are regarded as “The New York Yankees of Japan" due to their widespread popularity, past dominance of the league, and polarizing effect on fans.
5. University of North Carolina Women’s Soccer - 9 Consecutive NCAA Tournament Championships
The UNC Women’s Soccer team has been dominant since the inception of the league in 1979. But their consecutive NCAA Tournament Championship streak ran from 1986 - 1994. We all might remember sports celebrity Mia Hamm was a member of this amazing team. Their coach, Anson Dorrance, is a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame and has 21 National Champions during his tenure.
4. Hobart Statesmen - 12 Consecutive NCAA Div. III Men’s Lacrosse Titles
Under Coaches B.J. O’Hara and Dave Urick, the Hobart Statesmen won 12 Consecutive NCAA Men’s Lacrosse National Titles from 1980-1993. Hobart Lacrosse has won 16 national championships, 13 NCAA Division III titles, two NCAA Division II crowns, and one USILA College Division championship. The Statesmen enjoyed an era of dominance that few collegiate teams in any sport can rival, winning the first 12 Division III championships. In 28 postseason appearances, Hobart boasts an impressive 60-12 record.
3. United States - 17 Consecutive Olympic God Medals for Pole Vault
The Streak for Olympic Pole Vault Gold began with William Hoyt in the 1896 Games in Athens, Greece and continued all the way until our last streak winner, Bob Seagren, at the 1968 Mexico City Games. The United States did regain the gold in 2000 and 2004, but nothing compares to that 72 year streak.
2. New York Yacht Club - 24 Consecutive America’s Cups
The America's Cup, affectionately known as the Auld Mug, is a trophy awarded to the winner of the America's Cup match races between two sailing yachts. One yacht, known as the defender, represents the yacht club that currently holds the America's Cup and the second yacht, known as the challenger, represents the yacht club that is challenging for the cup. The timing of each match is determined by an agreement between the defender and the challenger. The first race in 1851 was won by the schooner called America (hence the name), owned by the New York Yacht Club. The NYYC successfully defended the trophy twenty-five times in a row before being defeated by the Royal Perth Yacht Club, represented by the yacht Australia II. The NYYC's reign was the longest winning streak (in terms of date) in the history of all sports - 132 years!
1. Carmel High School (Carmel, Indiana) Girl’s Swim Team - 33 Consecutive State Championships!!
You didn’t expect this one, but who can deny it? 33 years and it could still go on. The Girls Swim Team from Carmel High School from Carmel Indiana have 33 straight state team titles from 1985 to 2019. This year, the Greyhounds ran up 413 points to claim the title. So dominant were the winners that the runner-up and third-place point-totals (167.5 and 165) combined wouldn’t have beaten Carmel. Go Greyhounds!! Can’t wait to hear about your 34th consecutive title in 2020!