San Antonio – Trinity’s athletics program finished 34th in the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings, released by the National Association of College Directors of Athletics (NACDA) on Thursday.
The Tiger athletics teams tallied 422 total points over the 2011-12 school year, and eight of Trinity’s 18 intercollegiate teams scored points towards the competition. Points are scored based on postseason competition, with the national champion in each sport getting 100 points.
Trinity finished 53rd in last year’s standings, which was the worst finish in school history. The Tiger athletics program has finished in the top 10 five times, which includes two fourth-place finishes in 2002-03 and 2004-05.
The spring sports finished off the season by scoring the most points for Trinity (178), led by baseball and tennis. The Tiger baseball team competed in its third consecutive NCAA Tournament, finishing in a tie for ninth, and falling one win short of advancing to the NCAA Championships in Appleton, Wisconsin. The men’s tennis team was also competing in its third straight NCAA Playoffs, and also finished in a ninth-place tie. The Tiger women’s tennis team made its first postseason appearance in four years, earning a tie for 17th place in the tournament.
During the winter, just two teams scored a total of 105 points. Ruth Hahn’s NCAA Division III Championship in 3-meter Diving sparked the women’s swimming & diving team to a 19th-place finish, while Trinity’s men’s basketball team was tied for 17th place. Men’s basketball played in its first postseason since 2008-09, while the women’s swimming & diving team has been in the top 20 nationally for four straight years.
The fall sports teams tallied 139 points to start off the year, with football and soccer doing all of the scoring. The women’s soccer team finished in a tie for ninth overall, earning top 10 points for the second time in three seasons. The men’s soccer team and the football team were both tied for 17th in the standings. Men’s soccer has scored points for 10 consecutive seasons, while football had its first shot at the playoffs since 2007.
Williams (MA) College fell short of its 14th consecutive Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Championship, as Middlebury (VT) College won its first title. Middlebury had four teams finish in the top 10 nationally, and had the maximum of 18 total teams score points.