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July Rewind: Toms continue impressive streaks in '17-18

Nathan Lodermeier photo
Nathan Lodermeier photo

Editor's Note: Starting July 7 and running through the rest of the month, Tommiesports.com will highlight 25 memorable events from St. Thomas' successful 2017-18 athletics year

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Numbers Game

St. Thomas athletics extended several impressive seasonal streaks, and many Tommie teams put together some nice win streaks during 2017-18.

On the season streak front:

  • Men's Track and Field won the MIAC Indoor Championship for the 34th time in the 34-year history of the format. The Toms swept the conference indoor and outdoor teams crowns for the seventh year in a row.
  • Women's Track and Field made it 28 consecutive MIAC indoor and outdoor titles, 14 years of sweeps.
  • Men's and Women's Swim-Dive swept team titles at the MIAC Championships for the third year in a row.
  • Women's Basketball made it seven consecutive -- and eight of the last nine -- MIAC playoff titles won. Coach Ruth Sinn's teams have won either the conference regular-season or playoff championships nine years running.
  • Softball reached the NCAA playoffs for the 15th year in a row.
  • Football reached the NCAA playoffs for the fourth year in a row, and closed in the D3Football.com top 25 poll for the ninth consecutive season.
  • Women's Cross Country qualified a team into the national meet for the fourth consecutive season.
  • Men's Basketball advanced to the MIAC playoffs for the 19th consecutive season, although it had a streak of NCAA playoff trips end at 12 years.
  • Men's Hockey recorded its 36th consecutive winning season and made it 34-of-34 in all-time MIAC playoff berths.
  • Women's Hockey recorded its 18th consecutive winning season and made it five consecutive seasons winning either the MIAC regular-season or playoff title.

On the team win streak front:

  • Repeat MIAC champ Men's Soccer won 19 in a row last season before losing 1-0 on the road in the NCAA playoff quarterfinals. Coach Jon Lowery's team also won 14 in a row against conference teams and 17 in a row at home.
  • Repeat MIAC champ Women's Basketball pushed their streak of wins over conference opponents to 54 as it capped another 20-0 run against MIAC teams. That included a 20-game win streak before an NCAA Sweet 16 playoff overtime loss.
  • Repeat MIAC champ Football won 10 in a row before losing on the road to the defending national champs in the NCAA playoff quarterfinals.
  • Football also tied a record for consecutive victories over MIAC opponents with its current streak of 28.
  • Repeat MIAC champ Softball won 19 games in a row en route to another conference title, and also went 16-0 at home.
  • Women's Hockey closed its season on a 13-game unbeaten streak (8-0-5).
  • Men's Hockey built a seven-game win streak en route to winning an MIAC crown.
  • Women's Tennis started its season 11-0 before a 5-4 loss on spring break to Division II Erskine.

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