June 17, 1997
Virginia Athletic Program Finishes 22nd in Sears Cup Rankings
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- The University of Virginia intercollegiate athletic program ranked 22nd in the final 1997 Sears Directors' Cup standings. Stanford University finished first among NCAA Division I schools based on the combined performances of women's and men's sports during the 1996-97 academic year.
Virginia was one of three Atlantic Coast Conference schools in the Sears Directors' Cup Division I Top 25 standings. North Carolina ranked second and Duke 23rd.
Intercollegiate athletic highlights for UVa during the 1996-97 academic year include a fourth place finish by the women's rowing team at the NCAA championships, the women's basketball team advancing to the regional semifinals of the NCAA Tournament, and the field hockey and men's and women's lacrosse teams all reaching the NCAA quarterfinals.
The Sears Directors' Cup, awarded by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and Sears Roebuck and Company, is the only all-sport trophy earned by four-year NCAA Division I, II, III and NAIA institutions. Standings for each cup are based on 64-team brackets. Teams finishing in first place in a NACDA-recognized championship or poll receive 64 points, second place 63, etc. Division I standings are figured using the institution's top 22 team finishes. Of the 22 team sports counted, 18 are core sports (nine women's, nine men's) and four wild card sports (two women's, two men's).
Virginia finished 21st in the 1996 Sears Directors' Cup standings and 19th in 1995.
1997 Sears Directors' Cup Division I Top 25 Rankings
1) Stanford 16) Brigham Young
2) North Carolina 17) Tennessee
3) UCLA 18) Alabama
4) Nebraska 19) Auburn
5) Florida 20) Penn State
6) Arizona 21) Colorado
7) Texas 22) Virginia
8) Ohio State 23) Duke
Southern California 24) Wisconsin
10) Louisiana State 25) California
13) Arizona State
14) Notre Dame
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A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.
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