COLUMBIA, Ky. – Lindsey Wilson College athletics moved up one spot to third in the 2012-13 NAIA Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings following the winter competitions.
The standings were released on Thursday by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics.
The Blue Raiders scored 298 points in the winter with top-10 finishes in men’s basketball, men’s swimming and wrestling. The 298 points were the fifth highest point total during the winter season.
Lindsey Wilson has 538 total points entering the spring season.
Men’s basketball accumulated 83 points after reaching the program’s first national semifinals last week. Wrestling picked up 75 points with a fifth place finish and men’s swimming amassed 34 for their 10th place finish during their respective national championships in early March.
Women’s swimming and women’s indoor track & field also scored during the winter season. The Blue Raiders women’s swimming program finished 11th overall to earn 57 points while Lindsey Wilson’s women’s indoor track & field squad garnered 49 points with a 25th place finish.
Oklahoma Baptist and Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) are the only two programs ahead of Lindsey Wilson in the season-long competition.
Oklahoma Baptist has 703 total points after winning four national championships in the winter — men’s and women’s swimming and men’s and women’s indoor track & field. Olivet Nazarene has 555.5 total points.
During the fall, the Lindsey Wilson women’s soccer team produced 100 points towards the school’s total after winning the national title on Dec. 1. The men’s soccer program added 83 points after their run into the national semifinals and volleyball added 57 points after reaching pool play at the national tournament’s final site and tying for 13th place.
Lindsey Wilson leads eight Mid-South Conference teams to score in the Directors’ Cup standings.
Cumberlands (Ky.) is seventh with 373.5 points, Georgetown (Ky.) is 27th with 242 points, Campbellsville is 31st with 215.5 points, Shawnee State (Ohio) is 56th with 150 points, Rio Grande (Ohio) is 119th with 53 points and Pikeville (Ky.) and St. Catharine (Ky.) are tied for 152nd with 25 points.
Through the winter season, 178 NAIA institutions have scored in at least one national championship tournament.
According to NACDA website, the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup was developed as a joint effort between the NACDA and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution’s finish in the national championships in up to 12 sports — six women’s and six men’s.