CLEVELAND, Ohio – Eight North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) institutions appeared in the winter update of the 2018-19 Division III Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings. Kenyon College led the group, residing in 44th place with 239 points.
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 NCAA Tournament finish in up to 18 sports - nine women’s and nine men’s.
The Lords & Ladies sit in 44th overall after accumulating 64 points in the fall and 175 points in the winter. Kenyon’s winter points came from its men’s and women’s swimming & diving teams, as the Ladies picked up 90 points with a second-place finish at the Division III Championships, while the Lords tallied 85 points after finishing third.
Denison was the next highest ranked NCAC institution in 46th, totaling 235 points through the fall and winter. The Big Red picked up 185 points during the winter season after the men’s swimming & diving team tallied its fifth national championship, earning the maximum 100 points. The women’s swimming & diving team’s third-place finish garnered 85 points for Denison.
DePauw sits in 66th with 154 points, recording 104 points in the fall. The Tigers’ tallied 50 points in the winter after earning a first-round victory in the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament.
Allegheny and Wittenberg are tied for 101st with 114 points apiece. The Gators added 51 points to their total after their women’s indoor track & field team tallied a 20th-place finish at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships, while the Tigers added 50 from their men’s basketball team advancing to the second round of the NCAA tournament.
Wabash added 68.3 points to its total this winter after the Little Giants’ wrestling team finished ninth in the country and the indoor track & field team earned 15 points from a 57th-place finish at nationals. Wabash stands in 129th overall in the winter update with 83.25 points.
Wooster is ranked 142nd, adding 50 points to its 25 from the fall after the men’s basketball team advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament.
Oberlin sits in 207th with its 46 points from the fall.
Johns Hopkins has the lead in the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Div. III winter standings with 804.25 points, while Williams sits in second (744) and Washington-St. Louis is third overall with 696.75 points.