June 28, 2012
GREENSBORO, NC (theACC.com) - Two ACC schools finished in the top 10 of the final 2011-12 Division I Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Standings: Florida State in fifth and North Carolina in eighth. In addition, two other schools finished in the top 16: Virginia and Duke in 15th and 16th, respectively.
For the 11th consecutive year, four or more ACC institutions have placed in the top 30. The ACC is also one of only two leagues with four or more schools in the top 20.
In the league’s 59-year history, ACC institutions have captured 127 team national championships and 249 individual NCAA Titles. Notable accomplishments by the ACC and its 12 member institutions:
- The ACC is one of three leagues to place multiple schools in the top 10
- The ACC is one of only two leagues with four or more members in the top 20
- 52 teams from ACC schools finished in the top 10 of their respective sports nationally (an increase from last year)
- 94 teams from ACC schools finished in the top 25 of their respective sports nationally
- Every ACC school had at least one team finish in the top 10
- This year marks the 11th consecutive year that the ACC has placed four or more schools in the top 30
“The ACC’s member institutions continue to be among the best in intercollegiate athletics while also maintaining a high level of academic standards,” said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. “The Learfield Sports Director’s Cup Final Standings truly exhibit the ACC’s commitment to athletic excellence.”
Florida State claimed the league’s top spot, finishing fifth overall with 1,061 points. The Seminoles’ season was highlighted by top 10 finishes in seven sports: Women’s Soccer, Volleyball, Women’s Cross Country, Men’s Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field, Baseball and Men’s Golf. FSU also captured its first ACC Men’s Basketball Title.
North Carolina finished in eighth overall with 1,005.5 points. The Tar Heels captured the 2011 NCAA Men’s Soccer Title and finished among the top 10 in eight other sports: Men’s Basketball, Field Hockey, Women’s Soccer, Women’s Golf, Women’s Lacrosse, Men’s Lacrosse, Women’s Tennis and Men’s Tennis.
Virginia was 15th with 910 points. Virginia Rowing captured the 2012 NCAA Championship and was among the Cavaliers’ seven teams with top 10 finishes: Women’s Soccer, Women’s Golf, Women’s Lacrosse, Men’s Lacrosse, Women’s Tennis and Men’s Tennis.
In 16th place was Duke with 894.5 points. The Blue Devils had eight teams in top 10 of their respective sports, including national runners-up Women’s Soccer. Other teams were Women’s Lacrosse, Men’s Lacrosse, Women’s Tennis, Men’s Tennis, Fencing, Field Hockey and Women’s Basketball.
Maryland also finished in the top 30 (27th at 650.5 points). The Terps captured the 2011 Field Hockey NCAA Title and sent both the Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse teams to the Final Four for a second consecutive year.
Two more ACC schools finished in the top 40 – Virginia Tech in 35th and NC State in 37th. Following the Wolfpack were Clemson (54), Miami (59), Boston College (60), Georgia Tech (72) and Wake Forest (92).