April 22, 2011
GREENSBORO, NC - The Atlantic Coast Conference is well represented in the Learfield Sports Directors‘ Cup Final Winter Standings released April 21, 2011. The ACC was one of only two conferences with more than two schools in the Top Ten with North Carolina (4), Florida State (7) and Duke (8). In addition, seven league schools were among the Top 50 and 11 were ranked in the Top 100.
North Carolina led the way for the conference in fourth place with 769.50 points, trailing only Stanford, Ohio State and Penn State. The Tar Heels had an impressive winter campaign, including fifth place in Men’s Basketball and ninth place in Women’s Basketball. Four other UNC teams recorded Top 25 finishes - Fencing, Women’s Gymnastics, Men’s Swimming and Women’s Swimming.
Florida State finished with 670.50 points, placing them in seventh place. The Seminoles finished fifth in Men’s Indoor Track & Field and ninth in both Men’s Basketball and Women’s Indoor Track & Field. Two other teams recorded Top 25 finishes – Women’s Basketball and Men’s Swimming.
Duke finished the winter in eighth place with 639.50 points. Three teams had Top 10 finishes with Women’s Basketball finishing fifth and both Men’s Basketball and Fencing finishing ninth. Two other Blue Devil teams finished in the Top 25 in Men’s and Women’s Swimming.
Maryland (15) and Virginia (20) rounded out ACC teams in the Top 20. The Terrapins finished with 552.50 points and were led by Top 25 finishes in Women’s Basketball, Women’s Swimming, Women’s Gymnastics and Wrestling. The Cavaliers recorded 469.50 points with an eighth place finish in Men’s Swimming, 13th in Women’s Swimming and 23rd in Wrestling.
Five additional ACC institutions were in the Top 75 - Boston College (46), Virginia Tech (48), Clemson (63), Miami (68) and NC State (71).
About the Atlantic Coast Conference: Now in its 58th year of competition, the ACC has long enjoyed the reputation as one of the strongest and most competitive intercollegiate conferences in the nation. Since the league’s inception in 1953, ACC schools have captured 120 national championships, including 64 in women’s competition and 56 in men’s. In addition, NCAA individual titles have gone to ACC student-athletes 130 times in men’s competition and 91 times in women’s action.
About Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup: Learfield Sports enters its third year partnership of the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup. 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 20 sports -- 10 women’s and 10 men’s.
Please note, standings published midseason are unofficial. Official standings will be published upon the completion of the spring season. Complete standings and the scoring structure can be found on NACDA’s Web site at www.nacda.com.