The Ventura College Athletics Department was named the 2018-2019 Western State Conference Supremacy Award winner on Thursday afternoon. The Pirates held off district and divisional rival Moorpark College for their second straight win, VC's record-setting 21st overall Supremacy title. Ventura was paced by WSC championships in women's volleyball and beach volleyball as well as men's basketball and baseball. Additionally, the Pirates posted a conference-best 3.24 overall grade point average.
The Pirates earned points in 17 of its 18 WSC sponsored sports (the WSC Supremacy Award doesn't include performances in the sports of football since it is not sponsored by the WSC). Aside from four WSC titles, the Pirates also racked up six runner-up finishes, including women's soccer, women's water polo, women's basketball, softball, men's swimming and diving, and men's tennis, meaning 10 of their 18 WSC teams finished in first or second place.
VC posted an average score of 6.55 points while Moorpark averaged 6.13, holding off third-place Cuesta with 6.07. Perennial supremacy contender College of the Canyons was fourth at 6.06 and Bakersfield rounded out the Top-5 at 5.53.
The Western State Conference Supremacy Award was established with men's sports in 1965-66 and women's sports were added in 1977-78. The Pirates claimed their first Supremacy Award in 1970-71, also winning in 1982-83, 1983-84 and 1988-89. Ventura then won 15 straight Supremacy Awards from 1998-99 through 2012-13. VC finished fifth in 20013-14 and 2014-15 before runner-up finishes in 2015-16 and 2016-17. The Pirates claimed their 20th conference all-sports crown in 2017-18.
The Western State Conference was established in 1950, making it the oldest community college conference in California.