Sunday, June 16th, 2019

NCAA DII, DIII & NAIA Learfield IMG College Directors’ Cup Standings Released

CLEVELAND (March 28, 2019) – At the completion of the NAIA winter championships, Oklahoma City claims first overall, while previous leaders Grand Valley State (GVSU) and Johns Hopkins remain atop NCAA Division II and III, respectively in the Learfield IMG College Directors’ Cup standings.

After capturing the lead from Lindsey Wilson a week ago Oklahoma City, with 717.25 total points maintains control of the NAIA standings with a runner-up finish from the DI women’s basketball team and a ninth-place showing on the men’s side. Over the course of the winter season, the Stars claimed an impressive six top-10 finishes – competitive cheer (2nd), dance (5th), women’s track and field (5th), men’s wrestling (6th) and DI men’s and women’s basketball to finish first. The defending NAIA Directors’ Cup champions also had a 12th-place finish in men’s track and field.

The rest of the top-five remains unchanged from a week ago as Lindsey Wilson holds on to second in the final winter standings with 566.00 total points. The Blue Raiders earned five top-10 performances – DI women’s basketball, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, men’s track and field, men’s wrestling – and a 28th-place showing in women’s track and field to claim second. Morningside rounds out the top three with 511.00 total points after two top-five performances (DII men’s basketball – 5th and dance – 4th), three top-25 finishes (DII women’s basketball – 17th, men’s wrestling – 20th, and women’s swimming and diving – 22nd) and also scored in men’s and women’s track and field.

The College of Idaho closed the winter in fourth with 484.00 total points, utilizing two top-five performances in DII men’s basketball (3rd) and women’s swimming and diving (5th). In addition, the Yotes had an 11th-place finish in men’s swimming and diving and a pair of top-45 performances from the men’s (37th) and women’s (42nd) track and field squads. Indiana Wesleyan finished in the top-five with 477.00 total points, compiling four top-10 performances led by DII men’s basketball’s 5th-place performance. The Wildcats also tabbed two 7th-place finishes – women’s swimming and diving, men’s track and field – an 11th-place finish in dance and a 28th-place showing from women’s track and field.

Leading at the conference level are the CascadeGreat Plains and Mid-South, deadlocked with two institutions each in the top-10.

In Division II, Grand Valley State tallied a fifth-place finish in men’s swimming and diving and an 11th-place performance from the women to extend its lead in the division with 626.00 total points. Colorado School of Mines notched a 42nd-place finish in women’s swimming and diving to remain in second with 488.50 total points, while Queens (NC) leaped 14 spots into third, sweeping the swimming and diving championships to maneuver into the top-five with 488.50 total points. Adams State moved to fourth with 407.00 total points, and Simon Fraser climbs into the top-five with 404.00 total points following two top-15 finishes in men’s (9th) and women’s (13th) swimming and diving.

With four institutions nestled inside the top-10, the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) leads all NCAA Division II conferences.

Johns Hopkins remains atop Division III in the final winter standings led by a fourth-place finish from the men’s swimming and diving team, a 13-place finish on the women’s end and a 17th-place showing in women’s basketball to finish the winter with 804.25 total points. The Blue Jays also placed 30th in men’s track and field and 40th in wrestling to remain in first. Williams moves into second with 744.00 total points led by two fifth-place performances from men’s basketball and women’s ice hockey and a couple of top-10 finishes in women’s (4th) and men’s (7th) swimming and diving. Williams also captured the women’s track and field title, placed 38thon the men’s side, tabbed a 52nd-place showing in wrestling and placed 19th in skiing to climb into second.

Washington-St. Louis remains third with 696.75 total points while previous number two, Middlebury, with 594.75 total points, moves down to fourth in the final DIII winter standings. Washington-St. Louis was led by a runner-up performance in women’s track and field, which was followed by three fifth-place finishes – women’s basketball, men’s swimming and diving, men’s track and field – and a 14th-place performance in women’s swimming and diving. Led by a 10th-place performance in skiing, Middlebury placed 16th in women’s track and field, claimed two 17th-place performances in women’s basketball and men’s track and field and notched 33rd-place in men’s basketball to close the winter inside the top-five. Chicago climbs into fifth with 580.00 total points led by a pair of sixth-place finishes in women’s swimming and diving and women’s track and field. Chicago also finished in the top-10 in men’s swimming and diving (8th) and notched 24th and 33rd-place performances in wrestling and women’s basketball, respectively.

At the conference level, the New England Small College Athletics Conference (NESCAC) leads the way with four institutions in the top 10.

The next release for NCAA Division II Learfield IMG College Directors’ Cup standings will be next Thursday, April 4, following the completion of the men’s and women’s basketball championships. NCAA Division III and the NAIA will take a brief hiatus and return on Thursday, May 23.

Please note the name change to the Learfield IMG College Directors’ Cup following the merger between Learfield and IMG College.

The Learfield IMG College 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.

Please note, standings published midseason are unofficial. Official standings will be published upon the completion of the winter 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 and follow us on Twitter @ldirectorscup.

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