Johns Hopkins Places Program-Best Third in Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Standings
Strong Finish in the Spring Leads to Highest Ranking in School History
June 4, 2014
BALTIMORE, MD - The Johns Hopkins Department of Athletics capped its record-breaking year with a program-best third-place finish in the final 2013-14 Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings it was announced today. The third-place finish, Johns Hopkins' fourth straight top-10 showing, betters the previous school best, a seventh-place last year, while the 977.5 points JHU accumulated this year are nearly 200 more than the previous record of 789.5, which also came a year ago.
Since the Directors' Cup debuted during the 1995-96 school year, Johns Hopkins has 16 top-25 finishes to its credit, including a current streak of eight straight. In addition to the third-place finish this year and the seventh-place showing a year ago, Johns Hopkins placed eighth in 2010-11 and ninth in 2011-12 to account for the only four top-10 finishes in school history.
Williams continued its impressive run at the top of the Directors' Cup standings with its 17th title. The Ephs accumulated 1,225.25 points to edge runner-up Wisconsin-Whitewater, which totaled 1,134.75 points. Johns Hopkins was third and followed closely by Washington (MO), which placed fourth with 924.25 points, and Amherst, which rounded out the top five with 914.5.
The Directors' Cup is awarded annually by the National Association of College Directors of Athletics (NACDA), Learfield Sports and USA Today to the top overall athletic programs (Division I, Division II, Division III, NAIA) in the country. Points in the standings are accumulated based on an institution's finish in up to 18 sports (nine men • nine women) in NCAA Championship play. Johns Hopkins was represented in NCAA play by a school-record 17 teams this year.
After a good start in the fall and a strong showing in the winter, Johns Hopkins rounded out the year with six teams competing in NCAA Championship competition in the spring, including three that advanced to the quarterfinals or better.
The men's and women's tennis teams combined for 156 points to lead the way. The women's tennis team advanced to the NCAA Semifinals and eventually placed fourth to earn 83 points, while the men added 73 points on the strength of their appearance in the quarterfinals.
The men's and women's lacrosse teams also enjoyed strong seasons and added 85 points combined points. The men earned 60 points with an appearance in the quarterfinals, while the women earned their first trip to the NCAAs since 2007 and counted 25 valuable points to their credit.
With a top five finish hanging in the balance, the Johns Hopkins men's and women's track teams were both well represented at the NCAA Championships and brought home 55 and 49 points, respectively, on the last weekend of Division III Championship competition. The men's 55 points came with an 18th-place team finish that was highlighted by Andrew Carey's national championship in the 800-meter run. The women finished 23rd in the team standings to earn their 49 points.
Johns Hopkins accumulated 289 points in the fall, 343.5 points in the winter and 345 in the spring. Hopkins was one of just two schools in the nation to score 285 or more points in all three seasons (Williams was the other).
Highlighting the 343.5-point effort in the winter for Johns Hopkins were the women's and men's swimming teams, which placed third and fourth, respectively, at the NCAA Championships. This the first year the men and women both placed in the top four at the NCAAs in the same year.
The quick start in the fall, which included five NCAA teams for Johns Hopkins, was fueled by a second consecutive NCAA Championship for head coach Bobby Van Allen's women's cross country team. The national title brought 100 Directors' Cup points.
In addition to receiving balanced production from its fall, winter and spring teams, Johns Hopkins also demonstrated a remarkable balance between its men's and women's programs. Of the 977.5 points JHU accumulated, 496 came from women's teams and 481.5 came from men's programs.
2013-14 Learfield Sports Directors' Cup
Final Division III Standings (6-4-14)
Top 10 (a total of 326 schools accumulated points)
1. Williams (MA) - 1,225.25
2. Wisconsin-Whitewater - 1,134.75
3. Johns Hopkins - 977.5
4. Washington (MO) - 924.25
5. Amherst (MA) - 914.5
6. Emory (GA) - 898.0
7. Tufts (MA) - 799.38
8. MIT (MA) - 778.75
9. St. Thomas (MN) - 765.50
10. Middlebury (VT) - 752.0
Johns Hopkins' All-Time Final Directors' Cup Rankings
1995-96 - 49th (220 points)
1996-97 - 16th (352)
1997-98 - 24th (210)
1998-99 - 25th (200)
1999-00 - 22nd (347)
2000-01 - 30th (342.5)
2001-02 - 23rd (371.5)
2002-03 - 14th (482)
2003-04 - 16th (469.5)
2004-05 - 22nd (363.25)
2005-06 - 36th (324.25)
2006-07 - 10th (686.25)
2007-08 - 16th (577.5)
2008-09 - 18th (620.5)
2009-10 - 13th (638)
2010-11 - 8th (688)
2011-12 - 9th (689.25)
2012-13 - 7th (789.50)
2013-14 - 3rd (977.50)
Summary of JHU's 2013-14 NCAA Participating Teams
(By Points Accumulated in Directors' Cup Standings)
100 - Women's Cross Country - Johns Hopkins won its second consecutive NCAA Women's Cross Country title to earn 100 points.
85 - Women's Swimming - The highest finish in school history at the NCAAs, third-place, brought home the first trophy in program history and 85 Directors' Cup points. Johns Hopkins produced the national swimmer and national coach of the year.
83 - Women's Tennis- The first trophy-finish for the women's tennis team as the Blue Jays advanced to the NCAA Semifinals before placing fourth - the highest finish in school history.
80 - Men's Swimming - The men's swimming team placed fourth at the NCAAs and continued its remarkable run of producing Directors' Cup points. Since the inception of the Directors' Cup in 1995-96, the men's swimming team has accumulated 1,357.75 points - the most of any team at Johns Hopkins.
73 - Women's Soccer - Head coach Leo Weil guided the Blue Jays to the NCAA Quarterfinals for the fourth time in five years. Among women's teams at JHU, only swimming has contributed more all-time Directors' Cup points than soccer (590).
73 - Men's Tennis - Johns Hopkins won its regional handily and then gave top-ranked Claremont-Mudd Scripps all it could handle on its home court before falling to the hosts in the NCAA Quarterfinals.
66 - Men's Cross Country - The highest finish in school history at the NCAA Championships (11th) helped jump-start the greatest three-season run for the men's track & cross country program in school history.
60 - Men's Lacrosse - The Blue Jays earned the program's national-record 42nd bid to the NCAA Tournament and advanced to the quarterfinals to grab 60 points.
56 - Women's Indoor Track - A 17th-place finish at the NCAA Championships produced 56 points. Without those 56 points, JHU finishes fourth in the final Directors' Cup standings, not third.
55 - Men's Outdoor Track - A national championship in the 800-meter run and a third-place finish in the pole vault helped JHU to an 18th-place team finish and 55 Directors' Cup points.
51 - Wrestling - The wrestling team has quietly scored at the NCAAs in each of the last five years and eight times in the last nine years. A 22nd-place team finish this year landed 51 points.
49 - Women's Outdoor Track - A 23rd-place finish at the NCAA Championships landed 49 points and marked the fifth straight year the team has scored Directors' Cup points.
46.5 - Men's Indoor Track - Johns Hopkins placed 24th at the NCAA Indoor Championships - the middle leg in a three-season run for a program that produced 167.5 points on the year.
25 - Football - An undefeated regular season landed the Blue Jays back in the NCAAs for the fourth time in five years.
25 - Women's Lacrosse - A return to the NCAAs for head coach Janine Tucker's women's lacrosse team landed Johns Hopkins 25 Directors' Cup points.
25 - Men's Basketball - The Blue Jays upset the top two seeds in the Centennial Conference Tournament to win the title and earn the CC's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
25 - Volleyball - The third straight Centennial Conference title landed Tim Cole's Blue Jays a third straight trip to the NCAA Tournament.
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