San Antonio - Trinity’s teams have been ranked 42nd in the final winter standings of the prestigious Division III Learfield Directors’ Cup.
Administered by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), the standings are based on postseason performances of over 400 Division III schools. Led by Trinity’s Director of Athletics Bob King, the Tigers have amassed 243 points to date. The Tigers also lead four Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference institutions in the standings.
Trinity’s men’s swimming & diving team chalked up 47 points in the winter standings, while the women’s squad had 26. The Tigers sent a group of five swimmers and divers to the NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships at Greensboro, North Carolina. Trinity’s men finished in 27th place as a team, while the Tiger women tied for 47th.
Men’s diver Daniel Valmassei earned All-America honors on the 1-meter board with a fourth-place finish and later placed 16th on the high board for Honorable Mention All-America accolades. Anthony Liva competed on both boards in men’s diving, and Maren Merwarth was Trinity’s women’s diver.
Beau Tipton became an Honorable Mention All-American in the men’s 200-yard butterfly with a 10th-place performance. Mabel Fowler placed 15th in the women’s 200-yard backstroke for Honorable Mention All-America distinction.
Last fall, men’s soccer amassed 64 points in the Directors’ Cup after advancing to the NCAA Division III Round of 16 for the sixth time in the past seven seasons. The Tigers also qualified for the tournament for the 17th consecutive year, the longest active streak in DIII soccer. Trinity was ranked eighth in the final rankings by D3soccer.com.
Women’s soccer registered 50 points and made the NCAA Tournament for the 10th straight time. The Tigers advanced to the second round and completed the campaign with a #18 national ranking by D3soccer.com and United Soccer Coaches.
The Tiger women’s cross country team chalked up 31 points and finished fourth at the NCAA South/Southeast Regional. Women’s runner Molly McCullough became Trinity cross country’s first multiple All-American after a 21st-place finish at the NCAA Championships.
Trinity volleyball contributed 25 points to the standings, after receiving a bid to the NCAA Championship for the 24th occasion, The Tigers received a final ranking of #17 by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.