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A member of the highly-competitive Atlantic Coast Conference, Virginia fields 12 intercollegiate sports for men and 12 for women. The newest addition is women's crew, which began varsity competition during the 1995-96 academic year.
The overall success of Virginia's varsity teams in recent years can be matched by few schools in the country. Over the past eight years alone, U.Va. has claimed five national championships in men's soccer and two in women's lacrosse. In 1993, Virginia became the first school in NCAA history to win three consecutive national men's soccer titles. Remarkably, the Cavaliers topped that achievement in 1994 by capturing their fourth national title in a row and fifth in six years.
The Virginia football team has made eight bowl appearances in the last ten years. Most recently, the Cavaliers appeared in the 1996 Carquest Bowl. U.Va. finished the 1996 season with a 7-5 record, becoming the only team in ACC history to post 10 consecutive seasons of seven or more wins. In 1995, the Cavaliers defeated Georgia 34-27 in the 1995 Peach Bowl and were co-ACC champions. Among U.Va's 1995 regular season victories was a 33-28 win over then second-ranked Florida State. In 1990, U.Va. climbed to number one in the regular season national polls (Associated Press and United Press International) and played Tennessee in the 1991 USF&G Sugar Bowl. The 1989 Cavaliers won a share of U.Va.'s first ever ACC championship and met Illinois in the 1990 Florida Citrus Bowl. Off the field, Virginia has been honored every year since 1984 by the College Football Association for its graduation rate involving scholarship football players.
The 1996-97 men's basketball team advanced to the first round of the NCAA Tournament. It was Virginia's 18th postseason appearance (NCAA or NIT) in the last 20 seasons. Virginia won a share of the ACC regular season championship in 1994-95 and advanced to the finals of the NCAA Midwest Region Tournament. U.Va. has won two National Invitation Tournament championships (in 1980 and 1992) and has reached the NCAA Final Four twice (in 1981 and 1984).
The women's basketball team made its 14th consecutive trip to NCAA postseason play in 1996-97, advancing to the semifinals of the West Region Tournament. U.Va. won ACC Tournament titles in 1990, 1992 and 1993, and reached the NCAA Final Four three consecutive years, from 1990-92.
Virginia regularly wins its share of state, conference and national honors in many other sports as well. At the same time, U.Va. student-athletes graduate at a rate comparable to that of the University's entire student body.
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