Hopkins Jumps to Seventh in Final Winter Directors' Cup Standings
Blue Jays Score Points in Five Sports to Highlight Winter Season
March 29, 2012
BALTIMORE, MD – After ranking 13th at the end of the fall in 2011-12 Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Standings, Johns Hopkins University moved up six spots to seventh in the final winter standings, which were released today. Hopkins scored points in five sports in the winter and accumulated 276.25 points to push its total for the year to 460.25. There are more than 400 schools competing under the NCAA Division III banner and 284 have scored points in the Directors’ Cup standings through the fall and winter. Johns Hopkins, which placed a program-best eighth in last year’s final Directors’ Cup Standings, scored points in men’s and women’s swimming, women’s basketball, women’s indoor track and wrestling during the winter.
Washington University (MO) currently ranks first in the Directors’ Cup standings with 693.50 points, while Middlebury (676.0), Amherst (654.75), MIT (541.75) and Wisconsin Whitewater (532.50) round out the top five. Williams (528.0) is the only other school currently ranked ahead of Johns Hopkins.
Highlighting the efforts in the winter for Johns Hopkins were the women’s and men’s swimming teams, which combined for 146.25 points with sixth-place finishes at the NCAA Swimming Championships. The Blue Jay swimming teams have combined for at least 109.5 Directors’ Cup points every year since 2001 and at least 125 points in 11 of those 12 years.
The Johns Hopkins women’s basketball team made its second consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament and advanced to the second round of the tournament to earn 50 Directors’ Cup points, while the Blue Jay wrestling team enjoyed the finest post-season in school history with a 27th-place finish at the NCAAs. Hopkins produced a pair of All-Americans in junior Reid Mosquera (8th-place at 197 pounds) and freshman Paul Bewak (7th/125) to grab 47 Directors’ Cup points.
Rounding out JHU’s Directors’ Cup point-producers was the women’s indoor track team. Freshman Hannah Eckstein’s fifth-place finish in the 5,000-meter run not only landed her All-America honors in the event, but also secured a 39th-place team finish for Johns Hopkins and secured an additional 33 Directors’ Cup Points.
2011-12 Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup
Final Division III Winter Standings (3-29-2012) • Top 10
1. Washington University (MO) - 693.50 points
2. Middlebury (VT) - 676.0
3. Amherst (MA) - 654.75
4. MIT - 542.75
5. Wisconsin Whitewater - 532.50
6. Williams (MA) - 528.0
7. Johns Hopkins - 460.25
8. St. Thomas (MN) - 457.75
9. North Central (IL) - 443.0
10. Tufts (MA) - 433.0
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