Texas places 10th in Sports Academy Directors' Cup final standings
AUSTIN, Texas - The University of Texas finished in 10th place in the final 2003-04 United States Sports Academy Directors' Cup Division I standings, the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) announced this week. The Directors' Cup is the national all-sports competition that recognizes all NCAA Championship sports for both men's and women's athletics and ranks the top overall athletics programs in the country. Stanford University won the Cup with 1,337.25 points, while Michigan (1226.25) took second and UCLA (1178.75) finished third. Texas registered a total of 880.25 points, the top point total among Big 12 Conference member schools.
UT has now recorded a Top 10 finish eight times in the 11-year history of the Director's Cup: 2nd (2002 and 2003), 4th (1996), 7th (1994 and 1997), 9th (2000) and 10th (1995 and 2004). The Longhorns have accomplished that despite the fact that they do not field teams in 12 of the 32 sports which can be counted to the school's overall point total.
Texas recorded a total of eight Big 12 Conference titles and 10 Top 10 NCAA Championship finishes in 2003-04. The Longhorns captured league crowns in men's swimming & diving, women's swimming & diving, women's basketball, women's golf, men's golf, women's tennis, women's outdoor track & field and baseball. Top 10 NCAA finishes by UT teams included: baseball (second), men's swimming & diving (third), men's indoor track & field (fourth), women's outdoor track & field (fourth), men's golf (fourth), women's golf (tied for sixth), women's indoor track & field (tied for seventh), women's swimming & diving (eighth), men's basketball (tied for ninth) and women's basketball (tied for ninth).
Five other sports (women's cross country, women's soccer, men's tennis, women's tennis and men's outdoor track & field) advanced to their respective NCAA Championship tournaments or meets, while football played in the Holiday Bowl. Women's rowing, which did not advance as a team to the NCAA Championship, saw its varsity eight boat place 15th at NCAAs. Individually, eight UT student-athletes (Ian Crocker, 100-meter butterfly and 100-meter freestyle; Nichole Denby, outdoor 100-meter hurdles; Brendan Hansen, 100-meter breaststroke and 200-meter breaststroke; Rainer Kendrick, 200-meter butterfly; Donovan Kilmartin, indoor heptathlon; Andra Mason, indoor and outdoor high jump; Aaron Piersol, 200-meter backstroke; Sanya Richards, indoor 400 meters) captured a combined 11 NCAA individual titles and 59 student-athletes received a total of 97 All-America honors in 12 different sports.
Texas prospered in the classroom as well in 2003-04. A total of 191 University of Texas student-athletes earned a spot on the Fall 2003 Big 12 Conference Commissioner's Honor Roll and 215 garnered mention on the Spring 2004 list (minimum of 3.0 GPA). Four UT student-athletes (Jamie Carey, Julia Keedy, Alisa Schuknecht and Ruth Stiver) garnered Academic All-America recognition.