Johns Hopkins Finishes 18th in Final 2008-09 U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cup Standings
Hopkins Grabs Fifth Top 20 Finish in Last Seven Years
June 19, 2009
BALTIMORE, MD - Fueled by top-15 finishes in NCAA Championship competition by nine teams, Johns Hopkins University accumulated 620.50 points and finished 18th in the final 2008-09 U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cup standings. The 18th-place finish is the fifth top 20 finish for JHU in the last seven years, while the 620.50 points the Blue Jays accumulated rank as the second-best total in school history. Williams grabbed first place with 1,066.50 points to claim its 13th Directors' Cup, while Middlebury, Amherst, Washington (MO) and Cortland State 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 45.
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 13 of its 26 teams this year.
Hopkins finished off another highly successful year with a strong spring as six of the Blue Jays nine spring teams competed in the NCAAs. The baseball team made a late run, winning 15 of its last 20 games to advance to the regional championship game and pick up 64 points. The men's and women's tennis teams also grabbed 64 points apiece with NCA Sweet 16 appearances. The men's lacrosse team added 60 points from its NCAA Quarterfinals appearance as the spring campaign contributed 252.00 points to the overall total of 620.50.
The efforts in the spring came on the heels of a winter that produced 164.50 points. The men's and women's swimming teams anchored JHU's efforts in the winter as the women's team earned 67.5 points with a 10th-place finish at the NCAA Championships, while the men totaled 66 points with an 11th-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 11 years. Junior Laura Paulsen took seventh in the one-mile run while the distance medley relay team also placed seventh, as the Blue Jays grabbed 31 points with a 39th-place finish.
Hopkins started off the year on a strong note as the men's and women's soccer, field hockey and women's cross country teams combined to accumulate 204 points. The men's and women's soccer teams grabbed 64 points apiece by advancing to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, while the field hockey team added 25 additional points with an appearance in the first round of the NCAAs. The women's cross country team made its second straight trip the NCAA Championships and added 51 points with a 13th-place finish.
2008-09 U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cup
Final Division III Standings (6-19-09)
Top 20 (a total of 310 schools accumulated points)
1. Williams (MA) - 1,066.50
2. Middlebury (VT) - 923.00
3. Amherst (MA) - 910.00
4. Washington (MO) - 873.00
5. Cortland State (NY) - 861.00
6. Emory (GA) - 809.50
7. Wisconsin Stevens Point - 779.00
8. Gustavus Adolphus (MN) - 765.00
9. New Jersey - 759.50
10. Tufts (MA) - 759.25
11. Wisconsin La Crosse - 732.00
12. Wisconsin Eau Claire - 731.50
13. St. Thomas (MN) - 702.00
14. Messiah (PA) - 696.75
15. Wisconsin Whitewater - 687.75
16. Wartburg (IA) - 669.00
17. Wisconsin Oshkosh - 624.00
18. Johns Hopkins (MD) - 620.50
19. St. Lawrence (NY) - 592.13
20. Ithaca (NY) - 577.00
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)
2008-09 - 18th (620.50)
Summary of JHU's 2008-09 NCAA Participating Teams
(By Points Accumulated in Directors' Cup Standings)
67.5 - Women's Swimming - The JHU women's swimming team combined to earn 23 All-America honors at the 2009 NCAA Championships en route to a 10th place finish, the Blue Jays 14th in the last 22 years.
66 - Men's Swimming - Fueled by junior John Thomas' record-breaking wins in the 100 and 200 Back, the Blue Jay men's swimming team finished 11th at the NCAA Championships. JHU combined to earn 23 All-America honors at the championships.
64 - Baseball - Johns Hopkins won four straight elimination games to advance to the NCAA South Regional Finals in 2009. The Blue Jays have advanced to the regional championship in each of their last four NCAA Tournament appearances, including last year when they won the South Regional and finished as runners-up at the College World Series.
64 - Women's Tennis - On the heels of 13 consecutive wins, the Blue Jays won their third straight Centennial Conference Championship and made their third straight trip to the NCAAs. Johns Hopkins advanced to the Sweet 16 for the second time in as many years, falling to sixth-seeded Carnegie Mellon.
64 - 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 four years. The Blue Jays rode a 15-match win streak to the NCAA Sweet 16 and won their third straight and fourth overall Centennial Conference Championship in the process.
64 - Men's Soccer - The Blue Jays did not miss a beat with first-year head coach Craig Appleby, as JHU advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 for the third time in the last four years and the seventh time in program history.
64 - Women's Soccer - JHU completed the best season in program history in 2009, winning its fourth consecutive Centennial Conference title and advancing to the NCAA Sweet 16 for the first time. The Blue Jays went unbeaten in its first 22 games of the season, suffering its only loss at William Smith in the NCAAs.
60 - Men's Lacrosse - Johns Hopkins rebounded from a 3-4 start to win seven straight games and advance to the NCAA Quarterfinals. It was the 19th consecutive appearance in the quarterfinals for the Blue Jays.
51 - Women's Cross Country - The Blue Jay women's cross country team completed the most successful season in school history with a 13th-place finish at the NCAA Championships. Junior Laura Paulsen led the way with a 31st place showing, earning All-America honors, in a field of 279 competitors.
31 - Women's Indoor Track & Field - Junior Laura Paulsen placed seventh in the one-mile run and the distance medley relay team grabbed seventh to lead Johns Hopkins to a 39th place finish at the 2009 NCAA Championships.
25 - Field Hockey - Johns Hopkins made its eighth overall appearance in the NCAA Tournament and second consecutive, falling in the first round to Christopher Newport.