Seawolves program-best 45th in NACDA Director’s Cup

UAA has finished 45th – the school’s highest ever – in the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings for NCAA Division II after the recent conclusion of 2008-09 collegiate sports calendar.

The Seawolves totaled 344.5 points in final standings, also their most ever. UAA’s finish came on the strength of five sports, gaining 83 points from women’s basketball (NCAA semifinals), 80 points from skiing (4th place), 63 points from women’s cross country (9th place), 61.5 points from men’s track & field (14th place), and 57 from men’s cross country (11th place). Those NCAA placings represented the highest ever for each respective Seawolf program.

Grand Valley State (Mich.) won its sixth straight D-II Director’s Cup title with 1,014.5 points.

UAA’s previous-best placing was 51st in 2007-08. The Director’s Cup has been awarded at the Division II level since 1995-96.

The Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup is a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution’s NCAA finish in up to 14 sports – seven women’s and seven men’s. There are currently 270 schools that compete at the NCAA Div. II level.

UAA sponsors only 11 sports – two of which, men’s and women’s skiing, have a combined national meet – among the lowest totals of any Div. II school.

The Seawolves finished third among Great Northwest Athletic Conference teams, behind Western Washington (10th) and Seattle Pacific (25th), while UC San Diego (7th) had the best placing among West Region schools.