Courtesy of NACDA
CLEVELAND, Ohio – All 11 NESCAC schools can be found in the final winter standings of the 2016-17 Division III Learfield Directors' Cup. Williams stands in second place with 705.25 points. The Ephs posted four top 10 finishes during the winter season, placing second in women's swimming and diving, third in men's basketball, fourth in women's indoor track and field and seventh in men's swimming and diving.
Tufts and Middlebury also rank in the top five. The Jumbos sit in third place with 699 points, highlighted by a second place finish by the women's basketball team and a ninth place finish by the men's basketball program. The Panthers are fifth after the winter season with 584 points after earning a pair of fifth place finishes by the men's basketball and women's ice hockey teams.
Amherst is the fourth NESCAC school in the top 15, standing in 13th place with 431.5 points. The Purple & White captured the national championship in women's basketball to highlight their winter season.
Rounding out the conference contingent is Bates in 27th (301.5), Trinity in 55th (193), Connecticut College in 77th (153.5), Bowdoin in 81st (151), Wesleyan in 130th (87.5) and Colby and Hamilton are tied for 171st (60).
The Learfield 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 18 sports -- nine women's and nine men's. The first Division III spring standings will be released in mid-May.