St. Louis, Mo., June 12, 2019 – Washington University in St. Louis topped the 1,000-point plateau for just the third time in school history as the Bears finished third in the 2018-19 Division III Learfield IMG College Directors' Cup standings, as announced by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA).
WashU totaled 323 points in the fall, 373.75 in the winter and 336 in the spring for a grand total of 1,032.75.
• The 1,032.75 points are second most in school history (2016; 1,227)
• The third-place finish is fifth-best in school history (2008, 2012, 2016, 2017; Second)
• 17-straight seasons in top-10, including top-five in 12 of the last 13 years
"Our 2018-19 Directors Cup finish coupled with a 99% graduation rate and 96% graduate school or job placement rate, is a tribute to our committed coaches, dedicated staff and determined scholar-athletes," said WashU Director of Athletics Anthony J. Azama. "The support from the University, St. Louis community and the W Club help us foster a culture of developing champions and impacting lives.
Williams College captured its 22nd Division III Learfield IMG College Directors' Cup with 1,117.00 points, while Johns Hopkins University (1,083.75) was the runner-up. WashU was third, followed by Middlebury College (941.75) and Emory University (921.50).
WashU had 14 of 19 teams compete in the NCAA Tournament, and picked up nine top-five finishes. The Bears also won eight University Athletic Association (UAA) conference titles.
The women's cross-country team won the national championship to accumulate 100 points, while men's cross country, women's indoor track and field and women's outdoor track and field all had NCAA runner-up finishes for 90 points each.
Women's soccer picked up 83 points after a third-place finish, while women's basketball (73), men's swimming and diving (75), men's indoor track and field (74.3) and men's tennis (73) all placed fifth.
Men's Outdoor Track and Field (10th, 67.5), women's golf (11th, 55.5), women's swimming and diving (14th, 61.5), volleyball (17th, 50) and baseball (17th, 50) all recorded top-20 finishes.
The UAA had all eight institutions finish in the top-65 – WashU (third), Emory (fifth), Chicago (ninth), Carnegie Mellon (33rd), New York (34th), Rochester (43rd), Brandeis (53rd) and Case Western Reserve (65th).
The Learfield IMG College Directors' Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in NCAA Championships.
Overall in Division III, schools must count the following four sports – men's basketball and men's soccer, women's basketball and women's soccer – along with the next highest 14 (max.) sports scored for each institution, regardless of gender.