Johns Hopkins Ranks Third in Final Winter Directors' Cup Standings
April 4, 2014
BALTIMORE, MD – Bolstered by top five finishes at the NCAA Championships in men’s and women’s swimming, Johns Hopkins accumulated 343.5 points during the winter season in the 2013-14 Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Standings to hold onto third place. In all, Johns Hopkins scored in six different sports and the 343.5 points build on a 289-point showing in the fall to give Blue Jay teams a total of 632.5 points on the year. The third place showing is the highest ever for Johns Hopkins at the conclusion of the winter season and position JHU to challenge for its first-ever top five finish.
Williams currently ranks first in the Directors’ Cup standings with 843.75 points, while Wisconsin-Whitewater (648.75), Johns Hopkins, Washington University (MO) (581.5) and Emory (536.5) round out the top five.
Johns Hopkins has placed in the top 10 in the final Directors’ Cup standings in each of the last three years with eighth (2010-11), ninth (2011-12) and seventh-place (2012-13) finishes to its credit. Johns Hopkins has seven consecutive top 20 finishes to its credit and 15 top 25 finishes in the 18 years the program has existed.
The women’s swimming team led the way for Johns Hopkins in the winter as a program-best third-place showing at the NCAA Championships landed 85 Directors’ Cup points. The Blue Jays claimed seven NCAA titles, including a pair for junior Ana Bogdanovski, who was named the NCAA Women’s Swimmer of the Year. The men’s swimming team added 80 points with a fourth-place finish at the NCAAs and grabbed its second straight title in the 800 Free Relay.
Head coach Bobby Van Allen’s men’s and women’s indoor track teams added a combined 102.5 points as the women placed 17th at the NCAA Championships to grab 56 points, while the men were 24th and scored 46.5 points. The 102.5 points is the most the indoor track teams have combined for in school history.
A pair of All-Americans - senior Henry Stauber (6th place) and junior Paul Bewak (7th) - helped the Johns Hopkins wrestling team place 22nd at the NCAA Championships, a finish that was good for 51 Directors’ Cup points. This is the seventh time in the last eight 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 parlayed its number three seed in the Centennial Conference Tournament into a championship and automatic bid to the NCAAs. Hopkins fell in the first round to eventual Sweet 16 participant Virginia Wesleyan, but grabbed 25 Directors’ Cup points for its appearance.
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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2013-14 Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup
Final Division III Winter Standings (4-4-2014) • Top 10
1. Williams (MA) - 843.75
2. Wisconsin-Whitewater - 648.75
3. Johns Hopkins - 632.50
4. Washington (MO) - 581.50
5. Emory (GA) - 536.50
6. Middlebury (VT) - 486.00
7. Amherst (MA) - 478.50
8. Chicago (IL) - 476.50
9. Wartburg (IO) - 473.00
10. MIT - 452.50