Washington U. Athletics Finishes Fifth in Division III Directors’ Cup
St. Louis, Mo., June 6, 2013 – The Washington University in St. Louis Department of Athletics finished fifth in the 2012-13 Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Division III standings, as announced by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA).
The fifth-place finish is tied for the seventh highest in school history and marks the Bears’ seventh consecutive top-five appearance – 2011-12 (second), 2010-11 (third), 2009-10 (third), 2008-09 (fourth), 2007-08 (second), 2006-07 (fifth). Washington University, which was 10th after the fall and six after the winter standings, accumulated 859.50 points.
Williams College reclaimed the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup title, finishing with 1,273.75 points. The Ephs scored in 18 sports and has now captured 16 of 18 Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup titles. University Athletic Association (UAA) member Emory University finished in second place with 986.50 points, while Middlebury College was third with 941.75 points. University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (895 points) and Washington U. (859.50 points) rounded out the top five.
Washington University was one of seven University Athletic Association (UAA) members within the top 100 in Division III–Emory (second, 986.50 points), Washington U. (fifth, 859.60 points), University of Chicago (48th, 339.50 points), Carnegie Mellon University (58th, 277 points), University of Rochester (61st, 273 points), Case Western Reserve University (63rd, 272 points) and New York University (84th, 211 points).
WUSTL had 14 of 19 teams compete in NCAA Tournament action, and recorded eight top-10 finishes nationally. Washington U. also won eight University Athletic Association (UAA) titles and posted a combined sports record of 200-72-3 (.733).
The men’s tennis team had the highest finish in the 2012-13 season, placing fourth in its sixth-straight Final Four appearance. The Bears also had top-10 finishes by men’s cross county (fifth), women’s soccer (fifth), women’s tennis (fifth), women’s golf (sixth), women’s indoor track and field (sixth), volleyball (ninth) and women’s basketball (ninth).
Washington University also finished 12th in men’s swimming and diving and women’s outdoor track and field, 17th in men’s basketball, 21st in women’s swimming and diving and 33rd in men’s soccer and softball.
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.