Third Consecutive Top-10 Learfield Directors' Cup Finish for UC San Diego Athletics
CLEVELAND - The University of California San Diego Intercollegiate Athletics Department wound up 10th in the 2017-18 Learfield Directors' Cup final standings for the NCAA Division II, as announced on Thursday morning.
It marked a third consecutive top-10 finish for UC San Diego, having placed third in 2015-16 and fourth in 2016-17.
The Tritons were 15th in the previous listing on May 31, with only baseball to go, and with the baseball program's fifth-place overall finish and 78 points earned, ascended to the No. 10 position.
UC San Diego compiled 594 points after 637 a year ago, and 646.5 the year before that. The Tritons were second in the West Region for a second successive year behind only California Baptist. They were just narrowly short of ninth-place Indianapolis (598.75). UC San Diego was again tops among California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) schools, with Chico State closest in 27th (433.25).
UC San Diego has eight prior top-five finishes, with four top-three efforts. The Tritons have been left out of the top eight just five times now in 18 years at the Division II level. The department was 37th in the Learfield standings in 2014-15, its only finish outside of the top 20, but has achieved three straight top-10 placements.
The Learfield 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.
UC San Diego had 12 teams earning points toward its total, with six women's, five men's, plus the combined fencing squads. The exact same was the case for 2016-17. After baseball (78) and women's soccer's (73) highest finishes of fifth, women's swimming and diving was seventh (72), and women's water polo ninth (25). Remaining women's teams were basketball (17th, 50), tennis (17th, 50) and softball (33rd, 38). On the men's side, contributions came from tennis (17th, 50), swimming and diving (21st, 53), basketball (33rd, 25) and track and field (40th, 32). Fencing was 14th for 48 more points.
UC San Diego's seasonal breakdown came out to 73 points in the fall, all from women's soccer, 248 in the winter, and 273 in the spring. The Tritons were tied for 71st after the fall period.
California Baptist, in its final season at the Division II level, unseated Grand Valley State of Michigan, which had won the past four Learfield Directors' Cup races and 12 in all to date at the Division II level. The Lancers scored 905 points over the maximum 15 sports, to 834.75 for the Lakers. The number of schools that achieved points to enter the ranking was 268.
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