The Emory University Department of Athletics has finished fifth in the 2018-19 Learfield IMG College Directors’ Cup Division III standings, as announced by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Wednesday morning.
The fifth-place finish represents the 18th time in the past 19 years that Emory has recorded a top-10 showing as well as the ninth top-five finish during that span -- 2000-01 (fourth), 2001-02 (fifth), 2002-03 (second), 2003-04 (second), 2005-06 (fourth), 2012-13 (second), 2015-16 (third), and 2017-18 (fourth). Emory registered a final total of 921.5 points.
Emory scored Directors’ Cup points in 14 sports in 2018-19 and captured national championships in volleyball, women’s swimming and diving and men’s tennis. In addition to those first-place finishes Emory posted top-10 Directors’ Cup finishes in: men’s swimming and diving, (2nd), softball (2nd), women’s tennis (3rd) and women’s outdoor track and field (7th).
Emory athletics also claimed eight University Athletic Association championships this past school year – volleyball, men’s basketball, men’s swimming and diving, women’s swimming and diving, golf, softball, men’s tennis and women’s tennis.
Williams College (MA) finished in the No. 1 spot with 1,117 points, its 22nd Directors’ Cup title in 24 years. Johns Hopkins was second with 1,083.75 points. A total of 338 schools accumulated points in the final Division III standings. In addition to Emory, other University Athletic Association schools to crack the top 10 included Washington University (3rd, 1,032.75 pts) and the University of Chicago (9th, 806.50 pts.).
The Learfield IMG College Directors’ Cup is a program that honors institutions maintaining a broad-based program, achieving success in many sports, both men's and women's. Originating in 1993-94 for Division I by NACDA and USA Today, it was expanded in 1995-96 to include Division II, III and the NAIA and, in 2011-12, expanded to the Junior/Community Colleges. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 18 sports -- nine women’s and nine men’s.