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MIT Official Release
CLEVELAND, Ohio - On Thursday the final standings for the 2017-18 Learfield Directors' Cup was announced. The New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) saw a total of three institutions in the Top 100 and two in the Top 25. MIT highlighted the standings with an impressive second place finish while Springfield took No. 22 followed by Babson at No. 99. The second place finish for the Engineers marks the highest in MIT's history with a total of 1001.5 points.
"I am extremely proud of our student-athletes, staff and coaches for this remarkable achievement during what has been a historic season for our teams," said Julie Soriero, Director of Athletics. "This has been such an exciting year for our athletic programs at the conference, regional and national level and finishing second in the nation is a testament to all of the hard work they have put in."
MIT recently received the NEWMAC Men's and Women's Presidents Cups after capturing a league-record 14 conference championships in 2017-18. This is the fourth time since 2012-13 that MIT has swept both NEWMAC Presidents Cups and the fifth time that the men and women have individually won the award.
The Engineers captured NEWMAC championships in women's soccer, women's volleyball, field hockey, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's swimming and diving, men's and women's track and field, men's and women's tennis and softball. Overall, 17 teams made NCAA appearances including a fourth-place finish from women's cross country, three Sweet 16 berths, two Elite Eights and a seventh-place finish by softball in the College World Series. Men's swimming and diving was fifth at the NCAA Championship, while the women's swimming and diving team placed sixth.
Overall in 2017-18, MIT has a school-record 104 All-Americans, 204 All-Conference honorees and 239 Academic All-Conference selections. We also have 25 Athletes of the Year, six Coaches of the Year, five national runners-up, five regional Coaches of the Year and one National Coach of the Year (Carol Matsuzaki).
The Learfield 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.
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