DEPAUW WINS 2016-17 NCAC ALL-SPORTS CHAMPIONSHIP
DePauw University won two outright titles in field hockey and women's basketball and posted 17 additional top-five finishes during the 2016-17 academic year to win the North Coast Athletic Conference All-Sports Championship for the third time in the last six years. The Tigers logged top-five finishes in all seven fall sports, and continued to build upon their lead in the winter season by finishing in the top-five in five total sports. DePauw wrapped up its All-Sports crown in the spring season by finishing in the top-five in seven of the 10 sports, which included second-place finishes in baseball, women's golf, softball, men's tennis and women's tennis. The Tigers won their third All-Sports title in history with 171.5 total points, topping Denison (162.0) by nine-and-a-half points.
The Tigers also added second-place finishes throughout the year in men's cross country, football and volleyball, while third-place showings were accomplished in women's cross country, women's soccer, men's swimming & diving and women's swimming & diving.
Denison, which won the All-Sports title last year, finished second in the final standings after totaling 162.0 points during the 2016-17 academic year. The Big Red earned top-five finishes in 17 championship sports, which included winning conference titles in men's swimming & diving, women's swimming & diving, men's lacrosse and women's lacrosse. Ohio Wesleyan checked in at third with 148.0 total points, thanks to a pair of league titles in men's basketball and men's indoor track & field, while Wittenberg was fourth with 142.5 points after leading the league with six total championships. The Tigers won three titles in the fall in football, women's soccer and volleyball, before claiming another three titles in the spring in men's golf, women's golf and softball. Kenyon rounded out the top-five in the All-Sports standings in fifth-place with 132.5 points, followed by Wooster (124.5), Allegheny (116.0), Oberlin (115.5), Wabash (71.0) and Hiram (40.0).
The All-Sports champion earns the Dennis M. Collins All-Sports Trophy, given annually to the school that performs the best across the NCAC's 23 sports. Ten points are awarded for a first-place finish, nine for a second, eight for a third, and so on. Men's and women's performances are combined, exemplifying the North Coast's commitment to equity and balance among programs. Wooster won three of the first four All-Sports championships, interrupted only by Denison in year two. Ohio Wesleyan followed with a six-year run, leading to titles by Wooster (twice), Wittenberg (once), Denison (nine), OWU (twice), a tie between Denison and OWU in 2009. Wittenberg earned its second All-Sports title in 2010, followed by Denison in 2011 and DePauw in 2012. Denison then claimed back-to-back titles in 2013 and 2014, while DePauw won the championship in 2015, before the Big Red regained the title last year.
Ohio Wesleyan leads the way with 152 team championships during the NCAC's 33 playing seasons. Denison is next with 139 titles, followed by Allegheny (115), Kenyon (111) , Wittenberg (100), Wooster (81), DePauw (22), Wabash (22), Oberlin (17) and Hiram (2).
North Coast Athletic Conference 2016-17
|Men's Standings||1.||DePauw||171.5||Women's Standings|
|10.||Hiram||19.0||* - Wabash is an all-male institution||
2016-17 - DePauw
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