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Queens Ranks Fifth in Final Learfield Directors’ Cup Standings

06/08/17 -  

For the first time in program history Queens University of Charlotte completes the year ranked in the top-five of the NCAA DII Learfield Directors' Cup Standings released today. The Royals totaled 618 points to round out the top-five in the 2016-17 standings. Grand Valley State took the cup for the fourth consecutive year with 1,020 points. In addition to the rank being the highest in history for Queens, it is also the first time that a South Atlantic Conference member institution has finished in the top-five of the standings. Wingate was the league's next highest finisher in 12th with 537 points.
"The focus of this year was to enhance our student-athlete experience through a consistent level of success at the NCAA national tournament level and an academic year that would truly differentiate us," Queens Director of Athletics Cherie Swarthout stated. "We have significantly invested resources and committed leadership in all areas and the return on this investment in Queens Athletics is evident with our final ranking. We have enjoyed the many conversations with our sponsors and have appreciated their commitment and investment in our success. Additionally, we have appreciated the intangibles of our success seeing our alumni base ignited and proud to give back. We will all celebrate this accomplishment before refocusing on our 2017-18 strategy."
Queens began the year ranked 15th at the close of the fall season after capturing 60 points for their 15thplace finish at the women's cross country championships. The men's cross country team grabbed 43 points after securing 31st place at the championships, and women's volleyball made history with a ninth-place finish for 64 points.

The Royals then leaped into the No. 4 spot at the end of the winter season, grabbing 100 points in both men's and women's swimming after winning the national championship on both sides for the third year in a row. Women's indoor track and field also totaled 61.5 points with a 14th place finish, and men's basketball posted 64 points after their Sweet 16 appearance to make the winter season the most successful of the three for the Royals as they totaled 325.50 points.
Finally, Queens wrapped the year totaling 125.50 points in the spring. Women's lacrosse accounted for 60 points after a fifth-place finish in the championships, while women's outdoor track and field totaled 40.5 points after taking 31st at the championships. Men's tennis also returned to the championships to grab 25 points.
Last season the Royals took home a ninth place finish making this the first back-to-back top-10 finish in history for a North Carolina institution at the NCAA DII level. Queens ranked 49th in 2015.

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About Learfield: An industry leader for more than four decades, Learfield has a deep presence in the college athletics landscape nationwide. It manages the multimedia and sponsorship rights for more than 120 collegiate institutions, conferences, and arenas, and supports athletic departments at all competitive levels as title sponsor of the prestigious Learfield Directors' Cup. Learfield also provides its collegiate partners access to professional concessions and ticket sales; branding, licensing and trademark consulting; digital and social platform expertise; campus-wide business and sponsorship development; and venue and technology systems through its affiliated companies. Complete standings and the scoring structure can be found on NACDA's website at In addition, please visit


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