July 1, 2011
GREENSBORO, NC - Four ACC schools finished in the top 10 of the final 2010-11 Division I Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Standings. Duke (5), North Carolina (6), Virginia (7) and Florida State (9) helped the league finish with more schools in the top 10 than any other conference.
With Maryland finishing 17th, this also marks the 10th consecutive year that the ACC has placed four or more teams in the Top 30. All 12 ACC schools finished in the top 75.
In the league's 58-year history, ACC institutions have captured 122 team national championships. This year 19 NCAA Individual Titles were claimed by ACC student-athletes.
Notable accomplishments by the ACC and its 12 member institutions:
- The ACC is the only conference with four schools in the Top 10.
- The league is one of only three conferences with all of its member schools in the Top 75.
- The ACC is one of only two leagues with five members in the Top 20.
- 51 teams from ACC schools finished in the Top 10 of their respective sports nationally.
"Our member institutions and student-athletes continue to collectively showcase the ACC's rich tradition of excellence both academically and athletically," said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. "These Learfield Cup standings are indicative of our schools' athletic accomplishments and successes as well as their commitment to broad-based programs."
Duke University claimed the highest ranking by the conference in fifth place overall with 1171.50 points. Duke placed 10 of their teams in the Top 10 of their respective sports including a third place finish for Men's Golf and Final Four appearances by the Men's and Women's Lacrosse teams.
North Carolina followed in sixth place overall with 1160.75 points. Tar Heel teams had 10 finishes in the Top 10 of their respective sports. Field Hockey took the top spot for the Chapel Hill school with a second place finish after falling to conference foe Maryland in the NCAA Championship Game.
Virginia finished consecutively in seventh place overall with 1092.00 points. The Cavaliers saw an impressive seven teams finish in the Top 10 of their respective sports during the spring season - including Baseball, Women's Golf, Men's and Women's Lacrosse, Rowing and Men's and Women's Tennis. The Men's Lacrosse team captured their first NCAA title since 2006 after a Final Four that featured three ACC teams.
Florida State rounded out the ACC's presence in the Top 10 with a ninth place overall finish with 1079.00 points. Eight Seminole teams had Top Ten finishes, led by Men's Outdoor Track & Field and both Men's and Women's Cross Country who finished as NCAA runners up. Maryland also joined ACC teams in the Top 25 with a final ranking of 17 with 858.00 points.
The Terrapins four Top Ten finishes were led by NCAA Champions Field Hockey and national runners up Men's and Women's Lacrosse. Two more ACC teams placed in the Top 50 - Virginia Tech in 45th position with 500.50 points and Clemson in 47th with 485.50 points. Virginia Tech was led by Men's Outdoor Track & Field team who placed fifth. Clemson was led by their spring squads as well with Women's Tennis and Women's Outdoor Track & Field finishing ninth and seventh respectively.
Miami was the next highest ACC institution, finishing just outside the Top 50 in 51st place with 416.50 points. The Hurricanes were led by Women's Tennis who finished in fifth place. Georgia Tech finished in 59th place with 350.75 points, Boston College in 64th place with 322.00 points, NC State in 67th with 312.00 points and Wake Forest in 74th place with 261.50 points.