Johns Hopkins Second in Leafrield Sports Directors' Cup Winter Standings
BALTIMORE, MD -- Bolstered by five top 20 finishes at the NCAA Championships and six teams scoring overall, Johns Hopkins accumulated 375.5 points during the winter season to move into second place in the 2014-15 Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Standings. The winter effort builds on a 284-point showing in the fall to give Blue Jay teams a total of 659 points on the year. The second-place showing is the highest ever for Johns Hopkins at the conclusion of the winter season and positions JHU to challenge for its first-ever Directors' Cup title.
Amherst currently ranks first in the Directors' Cup standings with 664.0 points, while Johns Hopkins, Williams (635.5 points), Washington (MO) (574) and MIT (530.5) round out the top five. Johns Hopkins ranked fourth in the final fall standings. Only Amherst earned more points than Johns Hopkins' 375.5 in the winter as seven Lord Jeff teams combined for 415 points.
Johns Hopkins has placed in the top 10 in the final Directors' Cup standings in each of the last four years with eighth (2010-11), ninth (2011-12), seventh (2012-13) and third place (2013-14) finishes to its credit. Johns Hopkins has eight consecutive top 20 finishes and 16 top 25 finishes in the 19 years the program has existed.
The women's swimming team led the way for Johns Hopkins in the winter as a fifth-place showing at the NCAA Championships landed 75 Directors' Cup points. The men's swimming team added 70.5 points with an eighth-place finish at the NCAAs.
Head coach Bobby Van Allen's men's and women's indoor track teams added a combined 120 points as the men placed a program-best 13th to earn 62.25 points, while the women weren't far behind with a 16th-place showing and 57.75 points. The 120 points is the most the indoor track teams have combined for in school history.
A third-place finish by senior 125-pounder Paul Bewak helped the Johns Hopkins wrestling team place 28th at the NCAA Championships, a finish that was good for 46 Directors' Cup points. This is the eighth time in the last nine years that head coach Keith Norris and his Blue Jays have earned Directors' Cup points.
Rounding out Johns Hopkins' NCAA participants in the winter was the men's basketball team, which earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament and advanced to the Sweet 16 for just the second time in school history. Johns Hopkins won its first two NCAA Tournament games at home before falling to eventual Final Four participant Babson in the round of 16. Head coach Bill Nelson's Blue Jays grabbed 64 Directors' Cup points with their Sweet 16 showing.
The Learfield Sports 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.
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2014-15 Learfield Sports Directors' Cup
Final Division III Winter Standings (4-2-2015) · Top 10
1. Amherst (MA) (664.0 points)
2. Johns Hopkins (659.0)
3. Williams (MA) (635.5)
4. Washington (MO) (574.0)
5. MIT (530.5)
6. Wisconsin-Whitewater (499.25)
7. Emory (GA) (474.0)
8. Middlebury (VT) (469.0)
9. Mount Union (OH) (453.5)
10. Tufts (MA) (453.25)
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