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April 24, 2013
U-M makes history with two national titles this year
When Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon took over in 2010, he vowed to help bring every program in the athletic department to national prominence.
Three years later, it's hard to argue with the results. Investing millions in facilities and state-of-the-art technology to help enhance the performance of every sport, Brandon must be pleased with the strides he has seen from nearly every team.
The fruits of those labors are beginning to pay off.
The men's basketball team nearly won the program's second-ever national championship, losing to Louisville in the NCAA Tournament title game.
And two other program's - men's swimming and diving and men's gymnastics - have already claimed national championships this school year. The softball team is looking like it will be a serious contender in this year's Women's College World Series, too.
The Wolverines' have a rich history of team national championships, but before this year, the athletic department claimed multiple team titles in a single school year just eight other times.
The first time it occurred was 1932-33, when the football team won its seventh national title, and the men's swimming and diving team won its third consecutive national championship.
The next year, 1933-34, football and swimming repeated as champions, and the men's golf team joined the fold, winning its first-ever team national title.
The Wolverines have won more than two team titles in a single school year just one other time: 1947-48, when football, ice hockey and swimming and diving all claimed titles.
When the men's gymnastics program became the second program to win a national title this school year, the athletic department celebrated the feat for the first time since the 1997-98 school year, when football and ice hockey each won national titles.
The Wolverines now have 55 all-time team national championships. UCLA owns the record for most all-time team titles with 108.
Here's a breakdown of all the Wolverines' national titles: