Amherst Eighth in Directors' Cup Standings After Winter

Contact: Matthew Hart

CLEVELAND – With Sunday’s men’s basketball championship game marking the official end to the winter sports season, Amherst College improved to eighth in the Division III Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings.

With the men’s basketball team collecting 100 points by claiming the program’s second national title, Amherst stands just behind sixth-place Washington University-St. Louis (542.00) and seventh-place Wisconsin-Whitewater (541.50) with 540.80 team points between fall and winter competition.

The women’s basketball team also scored big for Amherst this winter, collecting 83 points with its fourth-place finish at the NCAA Championships. Women’s and men’s swimming and diving earned 73.5 and 72 points, respectively, for their sixth- and seventh-place finishes at the national meet while the indoor track and field teams rounded out the programs to score this winter as the women placed 43rd at nationals and the men 45th, good for 29 and 26.5 points, respectively.

Amherst is one of three NESCAC institutions in the top 10 of the standings and one of five in the top 20, making the conference easily the highest-scoring in Division III. Williams maintained its hold on the top spot after winter competition with 785.75 total points while Middlebury ranks second at 665.75. Tufts (417.00) and Bowdoin (401.50) also stand among the nation’s elite programs in 16th and 17th, respectively, while Emory (635.75), Johns Hopkins (564.50) and MIT (549.75) round out the top five.

Amherst trails only Emory and Washington U. among institutions without varsity winter programs in fencing, skiing or wrestling. The Ephs padded their lead with 54 points in skiing and 50 in wrestling while Middlebury picked up 60 skiing points, Johns Hopkins collected 52 from wrestling, and MIT earned 40 in fencing.