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June 14, 1999
From 1977 to '87, Johns Hopkins won six NCAA lacrosse titles and was second four times.—TOM EDEL, Baltimore
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From 1977 to '87, Johns Hopkins won six NCAA lacrosse titles and was second four times.
—TOM EDEL, Baltimore

How Did We Miss These?
Your list of favorite dynasties omitted the 1980 to '83 New York Islanders (Our Favorite Dynasties, May 10). Not only did they win four consecutive Stanley Cups, but they also won 19 straight playoff series (from '80 to '84).
LARRY LOPRETE, Little Falls, N.J.

How can you overlook the Arkansas men's cross-country and track and field teams that have won 32 of the last 46 national championships in their sports, including eight of the last 13 cross-country titles, 15 of the last 16 indoor track and field titles and seven straight outdoor titles, going into this year's NCAA championships?
DUSTY BLACK, Colorado Springs

How could you not like the 1940 to '43 Chicago Bears? The Monsters of the Midway won four consecutive Western Conference crowns and three NFL championships, including their classic 73-0 thrashing of the Washington Redskins in '40.
HAL SHYMKUS, Espanola, N.Mex.

You left out a big one: China's dynasty in table tennis. From 1961 to the present (excluding '67 to '69 when China was absent due to the Cultural Revolution), Chinese men have been in the final of the world team championships (held every two years) 16 out of 17 times and won 12 times. Chinese women have been more dominant. Since 1965, they have been in 15 straight finals (excluding '67 to '69), winning 12.
LARRY HODGES, Silver Spring, Md.

How can you leave the Cal rugby program off your list? It recently won its ninth straight national collegiate title and has won 16 of 20 since the championship was established in 1980.
JOHN ELLIOTT, Lafayette, Calif.

My favorite dynasty is the Hobart College men's lacrosse team. From 1980 to '91, the Statesmen won 12 Division III championships in a row.

Richard Hoffer's failure to include Tennessee's women's basketball team reflects his apparent lack of appreciation for the top women's athletic programs, save for the token inclusion of North Carolina's women's soccer team.
MARY JANE RYAN, Burlington, Conn.

Coach Jim Steen's Kenyon College swimming and diving team has won 20 straight men's and 16 straight women's titles in Division III.

From 1956 to '92, the U.S.S.R. hockey team won eight of a possible 10 Olympic gold medals (in '92, as the Unified Team). Between '63 and '90, it won 20 world championships.

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