San Antonio - Trinity University has received a final ranking of No. 22 in the nation (among nearly 450 institutions) in the prestigious Learfield Sports Directors' Cup NCAA Division III standings.
The Learfield Sports Directors' Cup points are awarded based on how schools finish nationally in up to 18 sports during the fall, winter, and spring seasons. The program is a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today.
The Tigers, led by Director of Athletics Bob King, completed the year with 542.50 points. In the recent spring sports competition, Tiger baseball scored 64 points in the standings after advancing to the NCAA Regional final. Men's tennis (73 points) won its Regional title and advanced to the national quarterfinals. Aaron Skinner made his way to the NCAA Singles Semifinals. Tiger women's tennis (50 points) fought its way to the second round of the Regionals.
Winter sports had the men's and women's basketball teams earning 25 points each, after qualifying for the NCAA Tournament. The Tiger women's swimming & diving team picked up 60 total points toward the standings. Trinity divers Ruth Hahn, Katie Sheldon, and Ashley Heline all earned All-American honors at the NCAA Championships. Hahn led the way by finishing fourth on both the 1-meter and 3-meter boards.
In the fall, men's soccer picked up 64 points for its NCAA third-round finish, and the women's team had 50, after advancing to the second round. Women's cross country placed 12th at the NCAA meet (64.5 points), and the men finished at No. 32 (42 points). Volleyball competed in the NCAA first round, and earned 25 points.
Trinity placed in the top 25 in the Directors' Cup for eight consecutive years (1998-2006), and the Tiger athletics program earned its best finishes in 2002-03 and 2004-05 - finishing fourth nationally following both seasons. Following the 2011-12 season, Trinity was in 34th in the Directors' Cup standings.
The Tigers also won the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference President's Trophy - as the best overall program in the SCAC - for the second straight year.
Tiger teams won SCAC Championships in 15 of 18 sports, and finished second in the remaining three. Trinity won men's and women's cross country, football, and men's and women's soccer in the fall. In the winter, Trinity swept each of the four conference titles, winning men's and women's basketball, and men's and women's swimming & diving. The Tigers added league spring championships in men's golf, baseball, men's and women's tennis, and men's and women's track & field.
The 15 SCAC Championships is the most in league history for one school year, breaking Trinity's previous record of 11 in 2004-05. It is also the 13th time in history that Trinity has secured the Bell Trophy, which is also the conference record.