DePauw Maintains Lead In NCAC All-Sports Race

DePauw Maintains Lead In NCAC All-Sports Race

2014-15 NCAC Winter All-Sports Update

DePauw University won one outright winter sport league championship to go along with four additional top-five finishes to maintain its lead in the race for the 2014-15 North Coast Athletic Conference All-Sports Championship.

The Tigers secured their fourth-straight league title in women's basketball after finishing the conference portion of the schedule with an unblemished 16-0 record. DePauw also finished in the top-five in men's swimming & diving (third), women's swimming & diving (third), men's basketball (fourth) and men's indoor track & field (fourth), to go along with a seventh-place finish in women's indoor track & field to earn 97.0 points and a six-point lead over Ohio Wesleyan (91.0) in the race for the coveted Dennis M. Collins All-Sports Trophy. The Battling Bishops won their first men's basketball championship since the 1987-88 season and successfully defended their league crown in women's indoor track & field for the ninth year in a row.

Denison, which captured its seventh-straight league titles in both men's and women's swimming & diving, is four-and-a-half points behind Ohio Wesleyan in third-place with 86.5 points. Wittenberg placed fourth (81.5) after finishing second in women's basketball, while Oberlin is fifth (71.5) with three top-four finishes and Kenyon is sixth (69.0) after finishing second in both men's and women's swimming & diving. Allegheny is seventh with 63.5 points, followed by Wooster (57.0), Wabash (52.0) and Hiram (31.0). The Little Giants successfully defended their conference title in men's indoor track & field for the fifth year in a row.

The All-Sports champion earns the Dennis M. Collins All-Sports Trophy, given annually to the school that performs the best across the NCAC's 23 sports. Ten points are awarded for a first-place finish, nine for a second, eight for a third, and so on. Men's and women's performances are combined, exemplifying the North Coast's commitment to equity and balance among programs. Wooster won three of the first four All-Sports championships, interrupted only by Denison in year two. Ohio Wesleyan followed with a six-year run, leading to titles by Wooster (twice), Wittenberg (once), Denison (nine), OWU (twice), and a tie between Denison and OWU in 2009. Wittenberg earned its second All-Sports title in 2010, followed  by Denison in 2011, DePauw in 2012 and Denison again in each of the last two academic years.

Ohio Wesleyan leads the way with 143 team championships during the NCAC's 31 playing seasons. Denison is next with 130 titles, followed by Allegheny (111), Kenyon (103) , Wittenberg (88), Wooster (78), Wabash (19), DePauw (16), Oberlin (14), and Hiram (2).

North Coast Athletic Conference 2014-15 All-Sports Standings

School Points
1. DePauw 97.0
2. Ohio Wesleyan 91.0
3. Denison 86.5
4. Wittenberg 81.5
5. Oberlin 71.5
6. Kenyon 69.0
7. Allegheny 63.5
8. Wooster 57.0
9. Wabash 52.0
10. Hiram 31.0
Note: Wabash is an all-male institution.