CLEVELAND, Ohio – Following a successful winter season that saw a number of MIT athletics teams qualify and compete at NCAA Championship events, the MIT Varsity Athletics program has moved to 10th in the current Division III Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings released by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA).
Of the 10 sports used to calculate the standings, MIT saw five of its teams in those sports take part in NCAA Championship competition. Led by a fifth-place finish at the national championships by the men’s swimming and diving team, three of the squads placed in the top-10 with the women’s indoor track and field team finishing seventh and the women’s swimming and diving team placing ninth. The men’s indoor track and field team and the men’s basketball squad also competed in NCAA post-season competition and scored points for the Engineers in the winter standings.
A measure of overall success of collegiate athletics programs, the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup was developed as a joint effort between 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. A complete list of the rankings can be viewed by clicking here.