The Cal athletics program consistently ranks among the top programs in the country. But this year, that rank is a little lower than normal.
Cal finished 11th in this year’s Director’s Cup, an annual award which tracks schools’ success across each of their NCAA sports. A year after finishing third in the Cup, Cal snapped its six-year run of top-ten finishes with its lowest rank since the 2004-05 season.
The Bears accrued points for their finishes in 18 varsity sports, including first-place finishes in both men’s and women’s swimming, as well as top-five finishes in men’s gymnastics, men’s golf, women’s rowing, softball and women’s tennis.
Last year, Cal earned top-five finishes in ten sports, including national championships for both swimming programs, as well as second-place finishes for both water polo teams and volleyball.
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