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Hopkins Places 13th in Final Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Rankings

June 24, 2010

BALTIMORE, MD – One of the greatest years in the history of Johns Hopkins athletics officially came to a close today as Hopkins earned a 13th-place finish in the final 2009-10 Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings.  The 13th-place finish is the second highest in school history and the 638 points the Blue Jays accumulated rank as the second-best total in school history.

Williams grabbed first place with 1,292.25 points to claim its 14th Directors’ Cup, while Amherst, Washington (MO), Middlebury and Illinois Wesleyan round out the top five.  Johns Hopkins was 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), 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 12 of its 24 teams this year.

Hopkins polished off one of the most successful years in program history with five teams appearing in the NCAA Championships in the spring.  The Blue Jay baseball team led the way in the spring as a trip to the College World Series and fifth-place finish there accounted for 78 points in the Directors’ Cup standings.  Sweet 16 showings by the men’s and women’s tennis teams accumulated a total of 128 points, while men’s lacrosse (25) and women’s track (16.5) added valuable points as well.

The efforts in the spring came on the heels of a winter that produced 114.5 points.  The men’s and women’s swimming teams anchored JHU’s efforts in the winter as the men’s team earned 64.5 points with a 12th-place finish at the NCAA Championships, while the women totaled 45 points with a 29th-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.  The wrestling team had one NCAA individual qualifier and added five points.

Hopkins got the 2009-10 school year off to a good start in the fall as the football, men’s and women’s soccer and women’s cross country teams combined to accumulate 276 points.  All four teams finished in the top 10 in the nation and all grabbed more than 60 Directors’ Cup points.  With the first quarterfinal appearances in school history, the Blue Jay football (70 points) and women’s soccer teams (73) led the way, while the women’s cross country team added a seventh-place finish to pick up 69 valuable points.  Men’s soccer extended eventual national champion Messiah to overtime before falling, 3-2, in the Sweet 16 and that provided 64 points to the JHU total for the year.


2009-10 Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup

Final Division III Standings (6-24-10)

Top 20 (a total of 311 schools accumulated points)

1.  Williams (MA) – 1,292.25

2.  Amherst (MA) – 905.75

3.  Washington (MO) – 858.50

4.  Middlebury (VT) – 751.0

5.  Illinois Wesleyan – 704.25

6.  Tufts (MA) – 699.0

7.  Wisconsin La Crosse – 678.75

8.  College of New Jersey – 677.75

9.  Salisbury (MD) – 673.25

10.  St. Thomas (MN) – 670.25

11.  MIT – 662.75

12.  Wisconsin Stevens Point – 654.0

13.  Johns Hopkins – 638.0

14.  Calvin – 634.0

15.  Wisconsin Whitewater – 615.75

16.  Wisconsin Eau Claire – 602.50

17.  Cortland State (NY) – 586.50

18.  Emory (GA) – 583.25

19.  Messiah (PA) – 580.75

20.  Gustavus Adolphus (MN) – 570.0


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)


Summary of JHU’s 2009-10 NCAA Participating Teams

(By Points Accumulated in Directors’ Cup Standings)


78 – Baseball – Johns Hopkins won its fourth straight Centennial Conference title to earn an automatic bid to the NCAAs.  The Blue Jays then won the Mid.-Atlantic Regional title to advance to the College World Series for the second time in three years.  

73 – Women’s Soccer – The Blue Jays posted a 19-4 record and advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament before falling to eventual national champion Messiah, which handed JHU two of its four setbacks.  JHU held wins over national runner-up Wash. U. and national semifinalist Lynchburg.

70 – Football – Hopkins won the Centennial Conference title for the fifth time since 2002 and then picked up a pair of stunning wins on the road in the first two rounds of the NCAAs to advance to the quartefinals.  The magical run came to an end on a dreary day at Wesley (DE).

69 – Women’s Cross Country – The Blue Jays earned a team bid to the NCAA Championships by winning the NCAA Mideast Regional title.  JHU placed a program-best seventh at the NCAAs.

64.5 – Men’s Swimming – National Champion John Thomas led the Blue Jays to a 12th-place team finish.  Thomas won the 200 backstroke for the third straight year.

64 – Men’s Soccer – Hopkins earned an automatic bid to the NCAAs with a Centennial Conference title and beat Misericordia and Salsibury before falling to eventual champion Messiah, 3-2, in overtime in the Sweet 16.

64 – Men’s Tennis – The Blue Jays won their fourth straight Centennial Conference title to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.  Hopkins advanced to the Sweet 16 for the third time in four years.

64 – Women’s Tennis – A fourth consecutive Centennial Conference title landed the Blue Jays a trip to the NCAA Tournament, where they advanced to the Sweet 16 for the third straight year.

45 – Women’s Swimming – The women’s swimming team placed 29th at the NCAAs to earn 45 points.  The swimming teams have combined for more than 100 points in the Directors’ Cup standings for 11 straight years.

25 – Men’s Lacrosse – Hopkins earned an at-large bid to the NCAAs.  The NCAA appearance is the 39th straight for Johns Hopkins.  This is the longest streak of qualifying for the NCAAs in any NCAA Division I team sport.

16.5 – Women’s Outdoor Track – Senior Laura Paulsen closed one of the great individual careers in school history with a sixth-place finish in the 5,000-meter run at the NCAA Championships.  Her finish placed JHU 54th in the team standings and landed 16.5 Directors’ Cup points.

5 – Wrestling – Freshman Paul Marcello won the individual Centennial title at 133 pounds to qualify for the NCAAs.

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