Stanford wins 25th Directors’ Cup, six Pac-12 members among top 25
SAN FRANCISCO – The STANFORD Cardinal captured its 25th-consecutive Directors’ Cup with USC and UCLA finishing fifth and sixth, respectively, in leading the Pac-12 Conference to another impressive finish in the final 2018-19 Division I Learfield IMG College Directors’ Cup standings, the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) announced. The Pac-12 placed six teams among the top 25 as only the 14-member SEC had more with eight.
Led by six NCAA titles (women’s volleyball, women’s swimming and diving, men’s gymnastics, women’s water polo, women’s tennis, men’s golf), Stanford won its 25th-consecutive Cup. In all, the Cardinal posted 16 top five finishes in tallying a record 1,567.75 points. It’s the fifth time Stanford has eclipsed 1,500.00 points.
X6@GoStanford brought a whole lotta hardware back to The Farm this year.
— Pac-12 Network (@Pac12Network) June 27, 2019
Behind one NCAA title (men’s water polo) and four runner-up finishes on the women’s side (indoor track and field, beach volleyball, outdoor track and field, water polo), USC finished in the top 10 for the eighteenth time in the history of the Directors’ Cup, coming in fifth with 1,075.75 points. UCLA posted a pair of national titles (beach volleyball and softball) to place sixth with 1,056.50 points for its 23rd top-10 finish. CALIFORNIA placed 18th overall with 835.75 points, aided by a national title in men’s swimming and diving, to claim its 20th consecutive top-20 finish. Coming in at 19th with 821 points, ARIZONA STATE posted its first top-20 finish since 2013.
Thanks in part to a women’s rowing title, WASHINGTON posted its second-most points with 801.00 to finish 24th. OREGON placed 27th (762.25 points), ARIZONA was 41st (572.50), followed by COLORADO in 50th (511.00) as the Buffs captured their third NCAA women’s cross country title. OREGON STATE placed 65th (364.35), followed by UTAH in 79th (278.75) after the Utes took home the NCAA skiing title, and WASHINGTON STATE rounds out the team scoring for the Pac-12, finishing 88th (206.50).
The success of the Pac-12 in the Cup was bolstered by the capturing of 13 NCAA titles, most among all conferences. In addition, nine Pac-12 league members combined to post 32 top-four finishes in 24 NCAA championships.
Points are awarded based on each institution’s finish in up to 19 sports - Four of which must be Baseball and Men's Basketball, Women's Basketball and Women's Volleyball. Then the next highest 15 (max.) sports scored for each institution, regardless of gender, will be used in the standings. Complete standings and the scoring structure can be found on the NACDA website: 2018-19 final standings.
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