March 31, 2011
BALTIMORE, MD - After ranking 10th at the end of the fall in 2010-11 Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Standings, Johns Hopkins University moved up one spot to ninth in the final winter standings, which were released today. Hopkins scored points in five sports in the winter and accumulated 239 points to push its total for the year to 445.0. There are more than 400 schools competing under the NCAA Division III banner and 281 have scored points in the Directors' Cup standings through the fall and winter. Johns Hopkins, which finished 13th in last year's Directors' Cup Standings, scored points in men's and women's swimming, women's basketball, women's indoor track and wrestling during the winter.
Williams (MA) currently ranks first in the Directors' Cup standings with 719.50 points, while Middlebury (664.0), Washington University (MO) (649.50), Calvin (599.75) and Amherst (587.0) round out the top five. Through the course of the year, points are awarded based on a school's finish in up to 18 sports - nine men and nine women - in NCAA Championships.
Highlighting the efforts in the winter for Johns Hopkins were the women's and men's swimming teams, which combined for 139.5 points with eighth and ninth places finishes, respectively, 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 10 of those 11 years.
The Johns Hopkins women's basketball team made its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 2004 and advanced to the second round of the tournament to earn 50 Directors' Cup points, while the women's indoor track team grabbed 44.5 points with a 27th-place finish at the NCAA Division III Championships. Senior Christina Valerio's runner-up finish in the 5,000-meter run highlighted a season that also included the program's first Centennial Conference Indoor Track Championship.
The Johns Hopkins wrestling team produced a pair of Centennial Conference Champions in sophomores Reid Mosquera and Paul Marcello and both competed at the NCAA Championships to earn five Directors' Cup points. Mosquera and Marcello guided JHU to a program-best second-place finish at the 2011 Centennial Conference Championships.
2010-11 Learfield Sports Directors' Cup
Final Division III Winter Standings (3-31-2011) Top 10
1. Williams (MA) - 719.50
2. Middlebury (VT) - 664.00
3. Washington (MO) - 649.50
4. Calvin (MI) - 599.75
5. Amherst (MA) - 587.00
6. Wisconsin Stevens Point - 551.25
7. MIT - 488.50
8. Wisconsin Oshkosh - 470.00
9. Johns Hopkins - 445.00
10. College of New Jersey - 438.25
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