In 2010-2011, six Cal teams finished in the top three nationally. Now, for the first time, so has the athletic program itself.
With 1,219.50 points, Cal placed third for its highest-ever showing in the Director’s Cup standings, which rank the success of national intercollegiate athletics programs based on finishes in up to 20 sports (10 apiece for men and women). Stanford took first place, followed by Ohio State.
Overall, Cal’s academic year featured 14 teams in the top 10, including three national champions (rugby, men’s and women’s swimming), three runners-up (volleyball, men’s and women’s water polo) and six other top-five finishes (baseball, softball, men’s gymnastics, men’s soccer and men’s and women’s crew).
Rugby and men’s crew, which finished third nationally, do not contribute to Cal’s point total because they are not NCAA-sponsored sports.
2011 marks Cal’s sixth straight top-10 finish in the Director’s Cup standings, a run equaled only by Stanford and Florida.