2017-18 Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Division III Winter Update
Kenyon College currently sits in 46th-place to lead all North Coast Athletic Conference member institutions in the 2017-18 Division III Learfield Directors' Cup winter standings.
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 up to 18 sports -- nine women’s and nine men's.
The Lords & Ladies jumped up 45 spots in the standings from the fall updated into 46th-place with 225.00 total points after accumulating 175.00 points in the winter season, based on NCAA postseason competition, highlighted by the Ladies finishing second at the 2018 NCAA Div. III Swimming & Diving Championships and the Lords finishing third overall on the men's side at the national meet.
Wittenberg, which led all NCAC teams after the fall season in 24th, now sits one spot behind Kenyon in 47th with 215.00 points after the Tigers' men's basketball team advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
After winning the national title in men's swimming & diving, Denison now sits just outside the Top-50 in 52nd-place with 205.00 points. The Big Red have now won the NCAA Div. III men's swimming & diving title in four of the last eight years. In addition, the DU women's swimming & diving team earned 80.00 points towards the school's total after finishing fourth overall in the team standings at the nationl meet. The DU men won three event titles at the national meet, including individual events titles from sophomores Kymani Senior (White Plains, NY/Woodlands) in the 100 fly and Bebe Wang (Naperville, IL/Metea Valley) in the 200 back, while fellow classmate KT Kustritz (St. Paul, MN/Insight School) also logged a national title for the women's team in the 100 breast.
DePauw now sits in 73rd in the standings with 166.00 points, led by senior Sam McManus (Terrace Park, OH/Mariemont) earning 60.00 points on his own at the 2018 NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships after winning the national title in the 200 breast and finishing second overall in the 100 breast. He is now the first male swimmer in program history to win a national title in an individual event. The Tigers also earned 25.00 points this winter from their women's basketball team that competed in the NCAA Tournament for the 15th year in a row.
Two additional NCAC schools cracked the top-100 in the winter update, including Ohio Wesleyan in 95th with 119.00 points and Oberlin in 97th with 116.50 points. The Bishops earned 94.00 total points during the winter season after sophomore Cirrus Robinson (Ashland, OH/Ashland) won the national title for the second year in a row in the women's high jump and senior Nate Newman (Chillicothe, OH/Zance Trace) finished second overall in the men's heptathlon. Oberlin earned all 83.5 of its winter points from female athletes as the women's basketball team competed in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history and three additional athletes posted All-American performances at the indoor track & field championships. Senior Monique Newton (Sacramento, CA/Rancho Cordova) led the way by finishing second in the women's shot put, while fellow classmate Ana Richardson (Eugene, OR/South Eugene) finished fifth in the weight throw and Lilah Drafts-Johnson (Melrose, MA/Melrose) placed sixth overall in the 400-meters.
The Wabash Little Giants are part of a five-way tie for 138th with 75.00 total points, earning each and everyone of those points this winter at the 2018 NCAA Div. III Wrestling Championships. Freshman Austin Bethel (Mt. Vernon, IN/Mt. Vernon) paced the Little Giants at the championships by finishing third overall in the 149-poind weight class.
In addition, Allegheny now sits in 162nd with 56.00 total points, while Wooster entered the standings this winter as part of a 32-way tie for 170th with 50 total points after the Scots' men's basketball team competed in the national tournament for the 16th year in a row and the 27th time overall.
MIT has the lead in the 2017-18 Learfield Directors' Cup Division III Winter Standings with 686.50 points, while Johns Hopkins is second with 639.50 and Williams sits in third with 613.00 total points.
To date, all nine winter Division III championships have been completed with the following institutions capturing titles: women’s basketball – Amherst; men’s basketball – Nebraska Wesleyan; women’s ice hockey – Norwich; men’s ice hockey – St. Norbert; women’s swimming – Emory; men’s swimming – Denison; women’s indoor track & field – Umass Boston; men’s indoor track & field – Mt. Union; and wrestling – Wartburg.