CLEVELAND - After claiming the national championship in softball last month, UC San Diego placed fifth overall in the final 2010-11 NCAA Division II Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings that were released last week.
UCSD tallied a total of 696.50 points in the poll, finishing as the top-ranked institution in the West Region.
In addition to capturing the program's first NCAA title in softball, UC San Diego finished as the national runner-up in both women's soccer and men's swimming. Other Triton teams that participated in NCAA postseason play and earned points included baseball, fencing, women's swimming, men's tennis, men's track and field, women's track and fiield, women's volleyball and women's water polo.
Since moving to the NCAA Division II level in 2000-01, UCSD has placed in the top seven programs in the country on nine occasions and finished second overall twice. UCSD finished eighth in the director's cup standings in 2009-10.
The fifth-place finish is the highest for UCSD since the university placed fourth following the 2007-08 season. UCSD finished second overall in 2003-04 and again in 2006-07.
Grand Valley State from the Great Lakes Athletics Conference (GLAC) won its eighth straight Learfield Sports Directors' Cup after totaling 1057.50 points. Central Missouri placed second with 779.75 points, while Augustana (S.D.) tallied 761.50 points to finish third and Abilene Christian was fourth with 718.00.
The Learfield Sports 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 up to 14 sports -- seven women's and seven men's.
Complete standings and the scoring sctructure can be found on the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA)'s website at www.directorscup.org.