Kenyon College currently sits in 30th to lead all North Coast Athletic Conference member institutions in the 2014-15 Division III Learfield Sports Directors' Cup winter standings.
The Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 18 sports -- nine women’s and nine men's.
The Kenyon Lords and Ladies have combined for 319.00 total points in the overall standings, based on NCAA postseason competition, led by the Lords' swimming & diving squad winning their NCAA-record 34th national title all-time and the Ladies finishing fourth overall at the swimming & diving championships. Kenyon jumped five spots in the overall standings following the fall season that saw the field hockey squad and both soccer teams compete in the NCAA Tournament.
DePauw jumped 50 spots in the standings into 36th with 291.50 points after the Tigers posted four top-20 finishes in the winter championship season. The women's basketball squad led the charge by advancing to the round of 16 in the national for the third year in a row. The DPU men's basketball team also contributed to the point total after competing in the national tournament for the first time since 2007. The Tigers collected an 83-73 victory over Washington (MO) in the opening-round, before dropping a heartbreaking 68-66 decision against Augustana in the second round. In addition, the Tigers' swimming & diving squads both performed well at the 2015 NCAA Div. III Swimming & Diving Championships, finishing 11th (men) and 14th (women) in the final team standings.
Wabash elevated four spots into the 45th position (235.00), led by its wrestling squad finishing third overall at the national championships and senior Ronnie Posthauer (Ladoga, IN/Fountain Central) leading the indoor track & field squad with an All-American performance in the 60-meter hurdles.
Denison collected its first points of the 2014-15 academic year during the winter sports season and catapulted all the way up to the 46th spot in the overall standings with 228.50 points. The Big Red swimming & diving squads both finished second at the national meet in Texas, while the indoor track & field squads also contributed points, placing 34th (women) and 61st (men) in the final standings, led by All-American performances from the junior duo of Aedin Brennan (Fairport, NY/Allendale Columbia) and Wallace Branche (Charlotte, NC/Woodberry Forest, VA), respectively.
Wittenberg finished just outside the top-60 in 65th with 171.00 points, led by the women's basketball squad competing in the national tournament for the first time since 2004. The Tigers collected an 80-73 victory over Transylvania in the opening-round, before bowing out of the tournament with an 80-58 loss against Washington (MO) in the second round. In addition, the men's indoor track & field squad placed 40th at the national meet in North Carolina following a pair of All-American performances from senior Victor Banjo (Sugarland, TX/Stephen F. Austin) and junior Aaron Melsop (Westerville, OH/DeSales).
Four NCAC schools appear outside the top-100 in the winter standings, including Oberlin in 105th (110.50), Ohio Wesleyan in 108th (108.00), Allegheny in 182nd (56.00) and Wooster in 192nd (50.00).
Amherst has the lead in final winter standings of the the Division III Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup with 664.00 points, while Johns Hopkins is close behind in second with 659.50 points.
To date, all nine winter Division III championships have been completed with the following institutions capturing titles: women’s basketball – Thomas More; men’s basketball – Wisconsin Stevens Point; women’s ice hockey – Plattsburgh State; men’s ice hockey – Trinity (CT); women’s swimming – Emory; men’s swimming – Kenyon; women’s indoor track & field – Wisconsin La Crosse; men’s indoor track & field – Wisconsin Eau Claire; and wrestling – Augsburg.