CLEVELAND, OH -- DePauw University posted five top-five finishes, including one winter championship, to take the lead from Denison in the race for the 2018-19 North Coast Athletic Conference All-Sports Championship.
The Tigers won their seventh women's basketball championship in the last eight years after finishing the regular season with a near-perfect 15-1 record against league foes, while also finishing third overall in both men's swimming & diving and women's swimming & diving. The Tigers also finished fourth overall in men's basketball and fifth in men's indoor track & field, to go along with a sixth-place finish in women's indoor track & field. DePauw accumulated 44.0 total all-sport points during the winter season and now holds a narrow one-half point lead over Denison, 89.0-88.5, in the race for the coveted Dennis M. Collins All-Sports Trophy. The Big Red, who racked up 38.0 all-sports points in the winter season, won the league title in men's swimming & diving for the 11th year in a row and posted two second-place finishes in two additional sports, women’s basketball and women's swimming & diving.
Wooster, which won its conference-leading 18th title in men’s basketball, sits in third with 87.5 points. Kenyon and Ohio Wesleyan are tied for fourth with 78.0 points apiece after the Ladies won their league-leading 26th women's swimming & diving title and the Lords placed second in men's swimming & diving, while the Battling Bishops took second in both men’s and women's indoor track & field. Wittenberg took sixth in the all-sports standings with 70.5 points after three top-five finishes, tying for second in men’s basketball, trying for third in women’s basketball and placing fifth in women’s indoor track & field. The Tigers were followed by Oberlin in seventh (68.5), Allegheny in eighth (59.5), Wabash in ninth (49.0) and Hiram in 10th (27.5). Oberlin and Wabash picked up the last two conference titles of the winter season, as the Yeowomen won their third-straight league crown in women's indoor track & field and the Little Giants claimed their sixth overall men’s indoor track & field title.
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 then a tie between Denison and OWU in 2009. Wittenberg earned its second All-Sports title in 2010, followed by Denison in 2011 and DePauw in 2012. Denison then claimed back-to-back titles in 2013 and 2014, before DePauw regained the championship in 2015. The Big Red then reclaimed the title during the 2015-16 academic year, while DePauw recaptured the prize again in 2016-17 before Denison took back the title once again in 2018.
Ohio Wesleyan leads the way with 155 team championships during the NCAC's 35 playing seasons. Denison is next with 146 titles, followed by Kenyon (119), Allegheny (117), Wittenberg (106), Wooster (83), DePauw (27), Wabash (24), Oberlin (21) and Hiram (2).
North Coast Athletic Conference 2018-19
|Men's Standings||1.||DePauw||89.0||Women's Standings|
|10.||Hiram||10.0||* - Wabash is an all-male institution|