(CLEVELAND, Ohio) – The Carnegie Mellon University Department of Athletics finished 33rd in the 2018-19 Division III Learfield Directors’ Cup standings, as announced by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Wednesday. Carnegie Mellon totaled 454.50 points to record its third highest finish in the 24-year history of the Learfield Directors’ Cup. The Tartans are one of five University Athletic Association institutions to crack the top 35 in the standings, with all eight institutions finishing among the top 65.
“Our intercollegiate program had another excellent year, highlighted by a number of strong performances in NCAA competition,” said Director of Athletics Josh Centor. “We aspire to be one of the preeminent Division III programs in the country, and we are proud to have turned in one of the best years in our history.”
Carnegie Mellon received its points from scoring in eight championships – four fall, two winter and two spring. In the fall, the volleyball team advanced to the regional final of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history while the men’s soccer team advanced to the second round. The men’s cross country program turned in a 18th-place finish at the NCAA Championship with the women’s team placing 31st. During the winter season, both the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams placed at the NCAA Championship meet. The men finished 16th with the women placing 30th. The men’s golf team recorded its best finish in program history in the spring. The Tartans finished 11th at the NCAA Championship while the women’s tennis team advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championship for the sixth time in program history.
The Learfield IMG College 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 NCAA Championships. In Division III, 18 sports are included (9 men, 9 women). Men’s basketball and soccer, along with women’s basketball and soccer, must be counted – with the next highest 14 (max.) sports scored for each institution, regardless of gender.