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JHU Places 14th in Final NACDA Directors' Cup Standings

 

June 16, 2003

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BALTIMORE, Md. -- The Johns Hopkins University athletic program has earned its seventh straight top-30 finish in the NACDA Director's Cup Division III Standings as JHU checks in at a program-best 14th in the final 2002-03 rankings. In all, nine Blue Jay teams participated in NCAA Championships during the 2002-2003 academic year, helping Hopkins accumulate 482 points. Williams (MA) claimed its seventh NCAA III NACDA Directors' Cup title in the last eight years as the Ephs tallied 1,158.25 points to easily out-distance second-place Emory (779 points).

Johns Hopkins earned 200 points during the spring to jump from 19th place after the winter to 14th in the final rankings. The men's lacrosse team earned 90 points as the Blue Jays advanced to the national championship game. In addition, the women's track and field team garnered 60 points with a 14th-place finish at the NCAA Championships, while the baseball team added 50 points with an appearance in the NCAA Division III Mid-Atlantic Regional Championships. Officially, the baseball team is credited with a 17th-place finish nationally.

Hopkins' finish in the spring was supported by strong showings in the fall and winter NCAA Championships. The men's and women's soccer teams both earned 25 points with appearances in the 2002 NCAA Division III Soccer Championships. Hopkins was tied for 87th in the final fall standings with 50 points.

JHU made the leap from 87th to 19th in the winter as a result of four teams' participation in the NCAAs. The men's swimming team picked up 90 points with a second consecutive 2nd-place finish at the NCAA Championships, while the women's swimming team finish ninth at the NCAAs and added 69 points. The women's basketball (50 points) and fencing teams (23) also picked up valuable points for Hopkins in the winter. JHU had 282 points through the winter sports season.

Johns Hopkins placed 49th in the inaugural NCAA III Directors' Cup Standings in 1996, but moved to a then program-best 16th place in 1997 and added 24th (1998), 25th (1999), 21st (2000), 30th (2001) and 22nd (2002) place showings in each of the last six years before this year's 14h-place showing. Hopkins is the only Centennial Conference school which has placed in the top 30 in any year since the inception of the program in 1996.

Points in the NACDA Directors' Cup are accumulated by a school's finish in any of 18 championships (9 men and 9 women) sponsored by the NCAA. There were 424 eligible colleges and universities competing for the 2002-2003 NACDA Directors' Cup at the NCAA III level and 281 of them (66%) earned points in the competition during the year. Using this as a benchmark, Johns Hopkins ranks among the top 3.5 percent of all NCAA Division III athletic programs.

The NACDA Directors' Cup program is the only all-sports competition that recognizes an institution in each of the four categories with the best overall athletics program. In addition to Williams, Stanford (NCAA Division I), UC Davis (NCAA Division II), and Lindenwood University (NAIA) also won titles.

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Final 2002-2003 NCAA III NACDA Directors' Cup Standings - Top 25

Rank School Points

1. Williams (MA) 1,158.25

2. Emory 779

3. New Jersey 695.75

4. Trinity (TX) 680

5. Washington (MO) 638.75

6. Gustavus-Adolphus (MN) 637

7. Wartburg (IO) 624.5

8. Wisconsin-Oshkosh 561.5

9. Ithaca (NY) 550.5

10. Wisconsin-La Crosse 512.5

11. Amherst (MA) 502.5

12. Middlebury (VT) 499.5

13. Wheaton (IL) 494

14. Johns Hopkins 482

15. Cortland State (NY) 481.5

16T. Messiah (PA) 478.5

Wisconsin-Stevens Point 478.5

18. Salisbury (MD) 468

19. Mary Washington (VA) 448.5

20. Wittenberg (OH) 408.25

21. Wheaton (MA) 405.25

22. Calvin (MI) 403.75

23. Ohio Wesleyan 363.5

24. Nebraska Wesleyan 355

25. Keene State (NH) 343.25

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