DENISON WINS 15TH NCAC ALL-SPORTS TITLE (5/16/16)
Denison University posted top-five finishes in 20-of-23 championship sports to earn the North Coast Athletic Conference All-Sports Championship for the league-leading 15th time in history. The Big Red opened the 2015-16 campaign with top-five finishes in six of the seven fall sports, and continued their dominance in the winter season with five more top-five finishes, which included their eighth straight title in men's swimming & diving and their fourth title all-time in women's basketball. DU locked up its All-Sports crown in the spring season with nine additional top-five finishes, which included league titles in men's lacrosse, women's lacrosse and women's tennis. The Big Red won their fifth All-Sports title in the last eight years with 176.5 points, topping DePauw (155.0) by 21.5 points.
Four of the Big Red's 20 top-five finishes came in second place in women's soccer, women's swimming & diving, men's tennis and women's outdoor track & field, while third-place showings were accomplished in field hockey, women's indoor track & field, women's golf, softball and baseball.
DePauw, which won the All-Sports title a year ago, finished second in the final standings after totaling 155.0 points during the 2015-16 academic year. The Tigers earned top-five finishes in 15 championship sports, which included winning conference titles in women's soccer and softball. Ohio Wesleyan finished third overall with 151.0 points, while Wittenberg was fourth with 139.0. OWU tied with Denison for the most NCAC titles during the year with five, hoisting trophies in men's indoor track & field, women's indoor track & field, men's outdoor track & field, women's outdoor track & field and sharing the men's basketball crown with Wooster, while Wittenberg collected titles in volleyball, men's golf and women's golf. Kenyon rounded out the top-five in the All-Sports standings in fifth-place with 136.5 points, followed by Allegheny (120.0), Wooster (118.0), Oberlin (115.0), Wabash (67.5) and Hiram (49.5).
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, while DePauw regained the championship a year ago, before the Big Red reclaimed it in 2015-16.
Ohio Wesleyan leads the way with 150 team championships during the NCAC's 32 playing seasons. Denison is next with 135 titles, followed by Allegheny (113), Kenyon (108) , Wittenberg (94), Wooster (80), Wabash (21), DePauw (20), Oberlin (15), and Hiram (2).
North Coast Athletic Conference 2015-16
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2015-16 - Denison
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