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Scoring Update for Division III
California-San Diego Closes the Winter Championship Season in the Lead in the Race for the Division III Sears Directors' Cup
April 23, 1998
Cleveland, Ohio -- The University of California-San Diego closes the winter championship season in the lead in the race for the 1997-98 Division III Sears Directors' Cup, presented by the nation's athletics directors.
California-San Diego scored in four sports in their quest for the Sears Directors' Cup, administered by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and sponsored by Sears, Roebuck and Co. The Tritons, with 400 points, placed second in men's swimming, third in women's swimming and 17th in women's basketball and fencing. Right behind is Mount Union (Ohio) with 370 points. Rounding out the top five are Cortland State (N.Y.), the leader in the last set of standings, third with 340 points; Middlebury (Vt.), fourth with 320 points; and Washington (Mo.), fifth with 310 points.
A new scoring structure was implemented this year in which points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 18 sports -- nine for men and nine for women. Each national champion receives 100 points (last year, first place was worth 64 points), while second place is worth 80 points (exceptions include brackets of eight teams - 2nd = 75 points; or brackets of two or four teams - 2nd = 50 points.)
These are the final winter standings and include the sports of women's and men's basketball, fencing, men's ice hockey, rifle, skiing, women's and men's swimming, women's and men's track and field and men's wrestling. Winning national championships in those sports were Washington in women's basketball, Wisconsin-Platteville in men's basketball, Middlebury in men's ice hockey, Kenyon (Ohio) in women's and men's swimming, Christopher Newport (Va.) in women's track and field, Lincoln (Penn.) in men's track and field and Augsburg (Minn.) in men's wrestling. The highest finish for a Division III institution in fencing, rifle and skiing, National Collegiate Championships, were ninth in fencing for New York University, ninth in rifle for Norwich (Vt.), and eighth in skiing for Middlebury (Vt.).
There are four Sears Directors' Cup Awards, one to honor the institution with the best all-around athletics program in each of the NCAA's Divisions I, II and III and the NAIA. It is the first-ever cross-sectional all-sports national recognition award for both men and women.
The winner of the award will receive a trophy designed by Waterford Crystal, which will tour the country, appearing at major men's and women's events throughout the year.
A complete listing of the final winter sports standings follows.