UCI Finishes Second In Learfield Sports I-AAA Directors' Cup
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UC Irvine placed second among NCAA Division I non-football playing schools in the final standings of the Learfield Sports I-AAA Directors' Cup, announced by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA).
UCI has finished in the top five among Division I-AAA schools in each of the last five years. The Anteaters, which came in 78th overall out of 284 Division I programs in 2010-11, have been ranked among the nation's top 100 for five consecutive years.
The standings for the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup are determined by performance in postseason competition.
UCI accumulated a total of 238 points to finish second only to Division I-AAA champion Denver University, which collected 384.50 total points. Iona was third with 231.50, Boston University was fourth with 229.00 points and St. John's (NY) fifth with 185.00 points.
Success in the spring sports bolstered UCI's point total with baseball (64) advancing to the Super Regionals, women's water polo (46) finishing fifth at the NCAA Championships and men's tennis reaching the NCAA First Round. Individually, Charles Jock collected 39 points for UCI with his second place showing in the 800 meters at the NCAA Track and Field Championships. In the fall, the women's soccer team gained 64 points for appearing in the NCAA Sweet 16.
UC Santa Barbara finished second among Big West schools and 112th overall. UC Davis (142nd), Long Beach State (143rd), Cal Poly (145th), Cal State Fullerton (176th) and Pacific (195th) also earned points as a result of postseason participation.
Stanford University won its 17th consecutive NACDA Directors' Cup award. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 20 sports - 10 women's and 10 men's.
Complete standings and the scoring structure can be found on NACDA's website at www.DirectorsCup.org.
The Learfield Sports Directors' Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today.