March 29, 2018
CLEVELAND – In the final set of winter Division II and III Learfield Directors’ Cup standings, California Baptist leads DII with 614.50 points, while MIT has scored 686.50 points to lead DIII.
California Baptist amassed four top-10 finishes in the winter championships including a runner-up finish in the men’s swimming and diving championship, tallying 315.50 points in the winter standings. MIT jumps to the top spot in DIII after five top 20 finishes in the winter championships, tallying 367.00 points in the winter standings.
In Division II, Grand Valley State is in second place in the final set of winter standings with 555.75 points after finishing 11th and 15th in men’s and women’s swimming and diving, respectively, as well as a 17th place finish in women’s basketball. Queens (NC) is in third with 550.00 points, after taking home both the men’s and women’s swimming and diving championships. The Royals also finished in third for men’s basketball. Colorado School of Mines falls to fourth place with 490.00 points after finishing 33rd in men’s basketball and 37th in women’s swimming and diving. Rounding out the top five is West Texas A&M with 479.50 points, after a pair of top 10 finishes in men’s and women’s basketball (third and ninth respectively).
The PSAC, RMAC and SAC lead all Division II conferences with two institutions each in the top 10– Shippensburg (6th) and West Chester (PA) (10th) for the PSAC, Colorado School of Mines (4th) and Adams State (9th) for the RMAC, and Queens (NC) (3rd) and Wingate (8th) for the SAC.
In Division III, John Hopkins is in second place in the final set of winter rankings with 639.50 points, after finishing 4th and 5th in men’s and women’s swimming and diving and 17th in men’s basketball. Williams is in third with 613.00 points, after four top 20 finishes in the winter championships including a third place finish in women’s swimming and diving. Middlebury is in fourth with 609.00 points, after three top-10 finishes in the winter championships. Washington-St. Louis rounds out the top five with 582.50 points after a strong winter performance including three top-10 finishes in the winter championships.
The NESCAC and UAA lead all Division III conferences with three institutions each in the top 10 – Williams (3rd), Middlebury (4th) and Tufts (9th) for the NESCAC and Washington-St. Louis (5th), Emory (6th) and Chicago (8th) for UAA.
The next Division II and III standings will be released Thursday, May 17.
The Learfield Directors’ Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in NCAA Championships. To review the updated scoring changes for the 2017-18 year, please click here.
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