San Antonio - The Trinity Tigers placed 18th - among more than 400 institutions - in the prestigious Division III Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup final standings.
Trinity wrapped up the 2013-14 season with 569.50 points, based on NCAA postseason appearances. The top 20 finish is the first for the Tiger athletics program since the 2007-08 school year.
Most recently, three spring sports teams chalked up a total of 161.50 points. Tiger men’s tennis (86.50 points) finished in third place at the NCAA Championships at Claremont, California, defeating Middlebury College 5-4 in its final match. Trinity baseball (25 points) advanced to the NCAA Regional at McMinnville, Oregon; and the women’s tennis team (50 points) broke through to the NCAA second round at Fredericksburg, Virginia.
Beginning with the fall sports standings, Tiger women’s soccer advanced to the NCAA Championship game played at San Antonio’s Toyota Field. Men’s soccer fought its way to the NCAA quarterfinals at Dubuque, Iowa; while Trinity volleyball made it to the Regional final before the hometown fans in Sams Gym. Women’s cross country placed 20th at the NCAA Championships at Hanover, Indiana.
The winter sports season was also a successful one for Trinity’s teams. Men’s swimming placed 21st, and the women’s squad was 24th, following the NCAA Championships held in Indianapolis, Indiana. It marked the highest combined finish of the two teams in Trinity history.
The biggest highlight of the winter season took place when junior Stephen Culberson won the NCAA 100-yard freestyle men’s swimming national championship. Culberson became the first Trinity swimmer to achieve a national title.
Tiger men’s basketball advanced to the NCAA first round at Richardson, Texas. The University of Texas at Dallas was the host team.
Trinity also won its record 14th Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Presidents’ Trophy by the largest margin in the 52-year history of the award. Tiger teams scored 555 points, outdistancing second-place Southwestern University by 195 points. In the race for the 300-pound railroad bell, Trinity captured 13 of the 19 championships sponsored by the SCAC. It was the second-most number of titles won by a program, eclipsed only by the 15 championships achieved by the Tigers last year.
The Director of Athletics is Bob King, who completed his 21st year at the helm of Trinity athletics.