June 13, 2008
BALTIMORE, MD - Fueled by a trio of national runner-up finishes and appearances in NCAA Championship competition by 11 teams, Johns Hopkins University accumulated 577.50 points and finished 16th in the final 2007-08 U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cup standings. The 16th-place finish is tied for the third highest in school history and the 577.5 points the Blue Jays accumulated rank as the second-best total in school history. Williams grabbed first place with 1,120.25 points to claim its 12th Directors' Cup, while Washington (MO), New Jersey, Amherst and Middlebury round out the top five. Johns Hopkins was the only school from the state of Maryland to finish in the top 20 and the only school from the Centennial Conference to finish in the top 50.
The Directors' Cup is awarded annually by the National Association of College Directors of Athletics (NACDA), the U.S. Sports Academy 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 11 of its 26 teams this year.
Hopkins polished off one of the most successful years in program history with a pair of national runner-up finishes in men's lacrosse and baseball to grab 180 points in the Directors' Cup standings in a 24-hour span in late May. Both teams earned 90 points with their second-place finishes. Bolstered by the efforts of the men's lacrosse and baseball teams, the spring season saw four teams accumulate points for JHU as women's tennis (64) and men's tennis (50) added a combined 114 points to a spring campaign that contributed 294 points to the overall total of 577.50 for the year.
The efforts in the spring came on the heels of a winter that produced 167.50 points. The men's and women's swimming teams anchored JHU's efforts in the winter as the men's team earned 90 points with a second-place finish at the NCAA Championships, while the women totaled 38.5 points with a 35th-place showing. The Johns Hopkins men's and women's swimming teams have combined for over 100 points in the Directors' Cup in each of the last 10 years and the runner-up finish for the men's swimming team is its third in the last seven years and its ninth straight top-six finish. The wrestling team had a pair of NCAA qualifiers and added 39 points.
Hopkins got the 2007-08 year off to a good start in the fall as the men's and women's soccer, field hockey and women's cross country teams combined to accumulate 116 points. The men's soccer team grabbed 50 points by advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, while the women's soccer (25) and field hockey (25) teams combined for 50 additional points with appearances in the first round of the NCAAs. The women's cross country team made its first-ever trip the NCAA Championships and added 16 points with a 29th-place finish.
2007-08 U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cup
Final Division III Winter Standings (6-11-08)
Top 20 (a total of 306 schools accumulated points)
1. Williams - 1,120.25
2. Washington (MO) - 899.00
3. New Jersey - 825.25
4. Amherst (MA) - 815.00
5. Middlebury (VT) - 813.50
6. Wisconsin Whitewater - 808.00
7. Emory (GA) - 752.50
8. Wartburg (IO) - 722.00
9. Cortland State (NY) - 709.25
10. Wisconsin Eau Claire - 628.00
11. Messiah (PA) - 615.25
12. St. Thomas (MN) - 594.25
13. Wisconsin Stevens Point - 587.25
14. Ithaca (NY) - 585.00
15. Tufts (MA) - 580.00
16. Johns Hopkins - 577.50
17. De Pauw (IN) - 570.00
18. Wisconsin La Crosse - 566.50
19. Illinois Wesleyan - 565.50
20. Trinity (TX) - 559.00
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)
Summary of JHU's 2007-08 NCAA Participating Teams
(By Points Accumulated in Directors' Cup Standings)
90 - Men's Lacrosse - The Blue Jays advanced to the national championship game for the second consecutive year, the third time in four years and the fourth time in six years.
90 - Baseball - Johns Hopkins recorded the best finish in school history as the Blue Jays posted a 42-8 record and advanced to the national championship game before falling, 5-4, to Trinity (CT).
90 - Men's Swimming - A perennial national power, the Blue Jay men's swimming team finished second at the NCAA Championships, its 37th top 10 finish in the last 38 years. John Thomas led the way with an individual national championship in the 200 back.
64 - Women's Tennis - A second straight Centennial Conference Championship and a second straight trip to the NCAAs for women's tennis. The Blue Jays advanced to the Sweet 16 before falling to Mary Washington.
50 - Men's Tennis - JHU had never appeared in the NCAA Tournament prior to the 2006 season, but have now qualified in each of the last three years. The Blue Jays advanced to the second round this year before being eliminated.
50 - Men's Soccer - Hopkins earned the right to host the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament and advanced to the second round before running in to a tough North Carolina Wesleyan team.
39 - Wrestling - Senior Eric Fishel became JHU's first All-American in the sport of wrestling as he placed eighth in the rugged 184-pound bracket. Freshman Patrick Stanley also qualified for the NCAAs.
38.5 - Women's Swimming - The other half of JHU's potent one-two punch in the winter, the women's swimming team placed 35th at the NCAA Championships.
25 - Women's Soccer - The Blue Jays qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the third straight year. JHU earned an automatic bid to the NCAAs with its third straight Centennial Conference title.
25 - Field Hockey - Johns Hopkins made its seventh appearance in the NCAA Tournament and first since 2003.
16 - Women's Cross Country - The Blue Jays earned an at-large bid to the NCAAs and placed 29th. Sophomore Laura Paulsen led the way with a 39th-place showing in a field of 280 competitors.
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