SFU completes best season in NCAA, ranking 15th out of 306 schools
By Steve Frost
Simon Fraser University has just completed its best season in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), finishing 15th out of 306 universities and colleges in the Learfield Directors' Cup standings, a competition that measures the overall success of collegiate athletics programs.
The 2016-17 season was Simon Fraser’s most successful since becoming Canada’s NCAA team in 2010 with 11 programs qualifying for national championships or post-season tournaments.
The Clan’s previous best finish was 26th in 2014-15.
The Clan men’s soccer team advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament, the women’s volleyball and women’s golf programs both made first appearances in the post-season, and women’s cross country finished sixth nationally – its best finish to date. The women’s basketball team advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16. Additionally, student athletes— from swimmers and indoor and outdoor track and field athletes to men’s wrestling and golf earned All-American honours or competed for NCAA titles.
Grand Valley State captured its 12th Division II Learfield Directors’ Cup. The Lakers tallied 1,020 total points, scoring in the maximum 14 sports, including a national championship in women’s cross country and four runner-up finishes. California Baptist finished second, recording 750.25 total points and scoring in the maximum 14 total sports, including four top 10 finishes. Western Washington was the highest ranked school from the Great Northwest Athletic Conference with 540.50 points to finish 11th. Simon Fraser was 15th with 515 points.
Points for the Directors' Cup are based on order of finish in NCAA championships.
Since becoming eligible for the NCAA post-season, Simon Fraser has been ranked:
- 2016-17 - 15
- 2015-16 - 55
- 2014-15 - 26
- 2013-14 - 56
- 2012-13 - 36
Simon Fraser University dominated competition for the award when it competed in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, winning six times, including five in a row from 1996-2001. In 2002, SFU began competing in Canadian Interuniversity Sport in some sports and still finished as runner-up in 2007-08 and 2009-10.
The Learfield Directors’ Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today.