Williams Amplifies Lead in Final Winter Division III LSDC Standings; NESCAC with Three Institutions in the Top 10
CLEVELAND (April 3, 2014) – Williams still leads in the final winter standings of the Division III Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup. The Ephs have 843.75 points and finished the winter strong with places of second in men’s basketball, fifth in both women’s ice hockey and women’s swimming, eighth in men’s swimming, 15th in skiing and also qualified for the women’s basketball championship.
Wisconsin Whitewater moved into second with 648.75 points after winning the title in men’s basketball, finishing third in women’s basketball and 24th in women’s swimming.
Johns Hopkins remains in third place with 632.50 points, finishing third in women’s swimming, fourth in men’s swimming and also scoring in men’s basketball.
With 581.50 points, in fourth place is Washington-St. Louis. The Bears placed eighth in women’s swimming, 13th in men’s swimming and advanced to the second round of both the men’s & women’s basketball championships.
Rounding out the top five is Emory with 536.50 points. Emory won the title in women’s swimming, placed third in men’s swimming and finished 5th in men’s basketball.
The New England Small College Athletic Conference currently has three institutions ranked in the top 10. Williams is first, Middlebury is sixth and Amherst is seventh.
All nine winter Division III championships have been completed with the following institutions capturing titles: women’s basketball – Farleigh Dickinson-Florham; men’s basketball – Wisconsin Whitewater; women’s ice hockey – Plattsburgh State; men’s ice hockey – St. Norbert; women’s swimming – Emory; men’s swimming – Kenyon; women’s indoor track & field – Wisconsin Oshkosh; men’s indoor track & field – Wisconsin La Crosse; and wrestling – Wartburg.
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.
The first Division III spring standings will be released Thursday, May 22.
Please note, standings published midseason are unofficial. Official standings will be published upon the completion of the fall season. Complete standings and the scoring structure can be found on NACDA’s website at www.directorscup.org. In addition, please visit www.thedirectorscup.com, like us on Facebook at facebook.com/lsdirectorscup or follow us on Twitter @lsdirectorscup.
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