St. Louis, Mo., April 3, 2014 — The Washington University in St. Louis Department of Athletics ranks fourth in the final winter 2013-14 Division III Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings, as announced by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Thursday
Williams College maintained the top spot with a combined total of 843.75 points, while the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater moved into second with 648.75 points. Johns Hopkins University remained in third place with 632.50 points, while Washington U. was fourth with 581.50 points and University Athletics Association (UAA) member Emory University is fifth with 536.50 points.
After sitting in a tie for fourth place after the fall season, Washington U. recorded 300.50 points in the winter after six teams competed in NCAA postseason play. The women’s swimming and diving team highlighted the winter season for the Bears with an eighth-place finish for 70.5 points, the fifth-best finish in school history.
The men’s swimming and diving team took home a 13th place finish for 63 points, while the men’s and women’s basketball teams advanced to the NCAA Second Round and tied for 17th place earning 50 points each. Washington U. also picked up a 20th place finish in women’s indoor track and field (54 points) and a 58th place finish by men’s indoor track and field (13 points). The Bears’ winter total of 300.50 points was the ninth highest in Division III.
Washington U. and Emory are two of seven UAA members within the top 100 in Division III–University of Chicago (eighth, 476.50), New York University (23rd, 333.00 points), Carnegie Mellon University (55th, 194.50 points), University of Rochester (96th, 117.50) and Brandeis University (99th, 116 points). Case Western Reserve University is outside the top 100 at 139th place with 80.50 points.
Washington University has recorded 11-straight top-10 finishes in the Directors’ Cup: 2012-13 (fifth), 2011-12 (second), 2010-11 (third), 2009-10 (third), 2008-09 (fourth), 2007-08 (second), 2006-07 (fifth), 2005-06 (seventh), 2004-05 (third), 2003-04 (ninth) and 2002-03 (fifth).
The Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup was developed as a joint effort between 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 first Division III spring standings will be released Thursday, May 22.