Denison Wins 13th NCAC All-Sports Title; Big Red Claimed 19 Top-Five Finishes in 2012-13
Denison University posted top-five finishes in 19 of 23 sports to earn the North Coast Athletic Conference All-Sports Championship All-Sports Championship for the 13th time in school history. The Big Red opened the year with top-five finishes in five of the seven fall sports, and kept the momentum rolling into the winter season with five more top-five finishes, including league titles in men's swimming & diving and women's swimming & diving. DU capped off the year with a strong showing in the spring season, finishing in the top-five in nine of the 10 sports, including the outright NCAC title in men's lacrosse. The Big Red secured the 2013 All-Sports title by compiling 165.0 total points, edging out 2012 All-Sports champion DePauw (159.5) by five-and-a-half points.
DePauw, which led the All-Sports standings after both the fall and winter seasons, landed in second place after totaling 159.5 total points for the year. The Tigers turned in 17 top-five finishes, including outright titles in field hockey, women's basketball, women's golf, softball and women's tennis. Ohio Wesleyan finished third with 150.0 points, followed by Wittenberg (145.5), Kenyon (142.5), Allegheny (126.5), Wooster (126.0), Oberlin (106.5), Wabash (61.0) and Hiram (48.0).
Denison's championship season was highlighted by three NCAC titles. The Big Red also picked up three second-place finishes on the year in field hockey, women's tennis and a four way tie for second in softball, to help secure the All-Sports victory.
The All-Sports champion earns the Dennis M. Collins All-Sports Trophy, given annually to the school that performs the best across the NCAC's 23 sports. Ten points are awarded for a first-place finish, nine for a second, eight for a third, and so on. Men's and women's performances are combined, exemplifying the North Coast's commitment to equity and balance among programs. Wooster won three of the first four All-Sports championships, interrupted only by Denison in year two. Ohio Wesleyan followed with a six-year run leading to titles by Wooster (twice), Wittenberg (once), Denison (nine), OWU (twice), a tie between Denison and OWU in 2009, Wittenberg in 2010, Denison in 2011 and finally, DePauw's crown in its inaugural season in the league in 2012.
Ohio Wesleyan leads the way with 137 team championships during the NCAC's 29 playing seasons. Denison is next with 124 titles, followed by Allegheny (109), Kenyon (99) , Wittenberg (79), Wooster (77), Wabash (14), Oberlin (12), DePauw (9) and Hiram (2).
North Coast Athletic Conference 2012-13 All-Sports Standings
|* Wabash is an all-male institution|