Williams Reclaims Division III #LSDC Title
CLEVELAND (June 6, 2013) – Williams (Mass.) reclaimed the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup title, finishing with 1273.75 points. The Ephs scored in 18 sports and captured the women’s rowing and men’s and women’s tennis national championships. Williams has now captured 16 of 18 Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup titles.
Williams will be honored at the 2013 NACDA Convention during the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup luncheon sponsored by the United States Olympic Committee, on Friday, June 14.
Emory (Ga.) finished in second place with 986.50 total points, its highest finish since 2003-04, when the Eagles also finished runner-up. The Eagles scored in 15 sports and captured the national championship in women’s swimming, finished second in women’s soccer and women’s tennis, fourth in men’s golf and fifth in men’s swimming and diving and men’s tennis.
Middlebury (Vt.) ended in third place with 941.75 total points. The Panthers scored in 15 sports, finishing second in women’s ice hockey, third in women’s lacrosse and fifth in men’s basketball and men’s and women’s tennis.
Wisconsin-Whitewater finished in fourth place with 895.00 total points. The Warhawks scored in 15 sports with their highest finish coming in women’s basketball, second overall. This is their highest finish to date in the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup, finishing fifth last year.
Rounding out the top five is Washington University (Mo.) with 859.50 total points. The Bears scored in 14 sports, finishing fourth in men’s tennis and fifth in men’s cross country, women’s soccer and women’s tennis. This is Washington University’s seventh consecutive top five finish in the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup.
The New England Small College Athletic Conference has four institutions in the top 10. Following first place Williams (Mass.) is Middlebury (Vt.) in third, Amherst (Mass.) in sixth and Tufts (Mass.) in eighth.
The following institutions captured spring national titles: baseball – Linfield (Ore.); women’s track & field – Wartburg (Iowa); men’s outdoor track & field – Wisconsin La Crosse; women’s rowing – Williams (Mass.); men’s lacrosse – Stevenson; men’s tennis – Williams (Mass.); women’s tennis – Williams (Mass.); women’s golf – Mary Hardin-Baylor; men’s golf – Texas-Tyler.
The Learfield Sports 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 up to 18 sports — nine women’s and nine men’s.
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