NORTHFOLK, Va. - Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (SMWC) earned their first United States Collegiate Athletic Association's (USCAA) Director's Cup Championship tonight. The coveted award was presented to SMWC's Athletic Director Deanna Bradley at the 2019 USCAA National Convention. Nevertheless, the Pomeroys walked away with a Second Place finish in the President's Cup as well.
The Director's Cup is awarded annually to the USCAA athletic department that achieves the most cumulative success across the athletic program during the academic year. Standings for the award are based on a point system and algorithm, with points awarded to each institution based on the number of sports offered and results from USCAA National Championship events.
The Pomeroys were represented very strongly at the following USCAA National tournaments:
- Men's Golf – USCAA National Champions
- Softball – USCAA National Champions
- Women's Volleyball – USCAA National Champion Runners-Up
- Women's Cross Country – USCAA National Champion Runners-Up
- Men's Cross Country – Third Place
The President's Cup trophy is given to the member institution that achieves the highest academic point total for the year. This year, SMWC finished second in the rankings.
The rankings system is comprised of three different factors, each weighted equally. The first is the focus on individual sport GPA. Then each athletic program will be ranked amongst member institutions in the same sport. Once ranked, each program receives a rank relevant to other member institutions. The top five scores for each institution will be taken to create a composite score, which will be used to rank you against all other institutions. This will be called the top five program ranking.
Secondly, members will be awarded points for each student-athlete named to the National All-Academic team. To be named, student-athletes must have completed 24 credit hours before the start of the season and have a 3.5 cumulative GPA. Member institutions will be ranked in order of All-Academic recipients for a composite score.
The final factor that will be calculated is the average team GPA for the entire athletic department. All sports for which the athletic department oversees will submit their team GPA. The average team GPA per school will be calculated then ranked amongst all members with points to be awarded based upon finish.
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