DENISON VAULTS INTO NCAC ALL-SPORTS LEAD AFTER WINTER SEASON (3/10/16)
Denison University won two winter sport league championships to along with three additional top-five finishes to vault into first-place in the race for the 2015-16North Coast Athletic Conference All-Sports Championship.
The Big Red secured their first league title in women's basketball since 2011 after finishing the regular season with a 15-1 mark against league foes. DU, which also topped the conference standings in men's swimming & diving for the eighth year in a row, also finished in the top-five in women's swimming & diving (second), women's indoor track & field (third) and men's basketball (tie-fourth). The Big Red rounded out the winter season by placing eighth in men's indoor track & field to earn 94.0 total points and a four-point lead over DePauw (90.0) in the race for the coveted Dennis M. Collins All-Sports Trophy. The Tigers kept pace with the Big Red after finishing second in women's basketball and third in both men's and women's swimming & diving.
Ohio Wesleyan, which shared the 2015-16 men's basketball title with Wooster, is four-and-a-half points behind DePauw in third-place with 85.5 points. Kenyon currently stands in fourth with 80.0 points after winning its first conference title in women's swimming & diving since 2008, while Wittenberg rounds out the top five in fifth-place (75.0) after posting four top-five finishes this winter. Oberlin is sixth with 71.0 points, followed by Allegheny (63.0), Wooster (60.0), Wabash (43.5) and Hiram (34.0).
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 earned its second All-Sports title in 2010, followed by Denison in 2011 and DePauw in 2012. Denison then claimed back-to-back titles in 2013 and 2014, before DePauw regained the championship a year ago.
Ohio Wesleyan leads the way with 148 team championships during the NCAC's 32 playing seasons. Denison is next with 132 titles, followed by Allegheny (113), Kenyon (107) , Wittenberg (92), Wooster (79), Wabash (21), DePauw (19), Oberlin (15), and Hiram (2).
North Coast Athletic Conference 2015-16
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