The OKWU croquet team dominates the national championship competition


Query: Which Oklahoma Wesleyan University sports program has won more national championships than all the others — combined.

Answer: Croquet, baby.

The mallet-and-strike crew recently brought home its fifth national title from Haverford, Penn., in a field that included teams from some of the nation’s most prestigious schools, such as the US Naval Academy, Penn State and others.

OKWU began its national supremacy in croquet in 2011, followed by titles in 2013, 2015 and 2016.

In 2018, the Eagles qualified five two-person teams for the Sweet 16. OKWU went on to qualify a team or two for the Final Four but just missed out on another national pennant.

The sport was circumvented in both 2020 and 2021 due to the virus-related spring sports shutdown nationwide and its aftermath for the following several months.

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