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July. 23, 2010
GREENSBORO, NC - The tradition of excellence lives on for the Atlantic Coast Conference by being the only league to place four schools in the Top 10 of the final 2009-10 Division I Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Standings: Virginia, Florida State, North Carolina, and Duke. This marks the ninth consecutive year that the ACC has placed four or more teams in the Top 30.
In the league's 57th year of competition, the institutes of the ACC captured a record eight national championships with seven coming in league-sponsored sports, raising the count to 121 national championships since 1953. In addition, the ACC added nine NCAA individual champions this season.
The ACC is...
The only conference with four schools in the Top ten.
One of three conferences with all of its schools in the Top 90.
The only conference with three fall NCAA championships--Virginia, Men's Soccer--North Carolina, Women's Soccer and Field Hockey.
"Our student-athletes have proved once again that the Atlantic Coast Conference is among the most premier in the country and for that we are proud," said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. "We have raised the bar for national success and we intend to continue our tradition of excellence, both on the field and in the classroom."
The University of Virginia claimed the highest ranking in the conference in third place overall with 1253.25 points, trailing only Stanford and Florida. Virginia wraps up an extraordinary 2009-10 season, capturing national championships in men's soccer and women's rowing. The Cavaliers also won a school-record seven ACC championships in 2009-10, the most of any member institution, with titles in men's lacrosse, women's rowing, men's soccer, men's and women's swimming & diving, men's tennis and wrestling.
Florida State finished fifth overall with 1087.50 points. The Seminoles had an outstanding year, advancing all of their 19 intercollegiate sports teams to postseason play, with Women's Cross Country, Men's Golf, Women's Soccer, Women's Volleyball, Women's Basketball, and Baseball all finishing in the top five of their respective sports.
North Carolina claimed the seventh-place position with 1029.30 points. This marked the eighth top 10 finish in the last nine years by the Tar Heels. Six different teams ranked in the top five of their respective sports, including field hockey and women's soccer, who both garnered NCAA championship titles. Rounding out the Top 10 was Duke with 982.75 points. Among the Blue Devils' accomplishments this year were NCAA championships in men's basketball and men's lacrosse.
Also in the Top 50 were Maryland in the 28th position, with 710.30 points and winner of the women's lacrosse NCAA championship; Virginia Tech who earned 600.00 points in 38th; 45th place Georgia Tech with 548.25 points; and 48th place Clemson with 458.50 points.
Wake Forest was the next highest ACC school in 53rd place with 385.00 points, followed by 58th place Miami with 366.00 points, Boston College, winner of the NCAA men's ice hockey championship, with 317.00 points in 63rd place, while North Carolina State finished in the 89th position with 203.88 points.
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