Powered by six top-10 national team placings, St. Thomas took ninth in the 2012-13 Division III Directors' Cup all-sport standings with a school-record 742 points.
The previous record total was 720 recorded in 2011-12, when UST finished in eighth place.
St. Thomas has placed in top 10 percent (top 40) all 18 years of the competition, but this marks the Tommies' first back-to-back top-10 finishes.
It's also the fifth time in the last six years that St. Thomas has posted a top-15 finish as it took 12th in 2008, 13th in 2009, 10th in 2010, 26th in 2011, and eighth in 2012.
Among Minnesota institutions at all levels, only UST and Minnesota State Mankato (Division II) have finished in the top 26 in each of the last six years.
The Tommies scored points in the national playoffs or championship meets in 12 of their 22 sports, led by an NCAA championship in volleyball (40-1); a national runner-up finish in football (14-1); and a Final Four slot and third-place finish in men's basketball (30-2). The Tommies set or tied school records for season victories in each of those sports.
St. Thomas also had ninth-place showings in women's outdoor track and field, softball and women's basketball. It also scored in baseball, men's golf, men's indoor and outdoor track, women's indoor track, and women's swimming and diving.
St. Thomas was among six MIAC programs to place in Division III's top 100. Gustavus took 36th; St. Olaf was 45th; Concordia-Moorhead placed 76th; Carleton was 80th; and St. John's finished 98th.
Williams (Mass.) took first for the 14th time in the last 15 years, and was followed by Emory (Ga.) and Middlebury (Vt.) in the top three. Wisconsin-Whitewater (fourth), Washington (Mo.) (fifth) and St. Thomas were the only schools west of Ohio to finish in the top 12.
En route to its Cup success, St. Thomas was the only institution among 675 in Division II or III to qualifiy for the NCAA playoffs in all six sports of football, volleyball, men's and women's basketball, baseball and softball. (UCLA, Oklahoma and Louisville were the lone Division I programs to do the same).
St. Thomas had 33 student-athletes from 15 different sports named to Division III All-America teams in 2012-13. Glenn Caruso (football) and John Tauer (men's basketball) won National Coach of the Year honors. Softball's John Tschida surpassed 700 career coaching victories.
UST also swept the 2012 conference men's and women's all-sport titles for the sixth year in a row as it won 10 regular-season titles and five playoff crowns at the MIAC level. Tommie teams placed in the top four in the conference standings in 21 of 22 sports.
St. Thomas was the lone Division III institution to win or share conference championships in football, men’s basketball, men’s hockey and baseball in 2012-13.
Several Tommie teams had impressive winning streaks. Volleyball won its last 35 matches en route to its NCAA championship. Softball won 28 in a row en route to another 40-win season. Football started 14-0 in its NCAA runner-up finish. Men’s basketball had separate winning streaks of 16 and 14 games in its 30-2 finish. Baseball won 19 in a row from late March to May 5. Women’s basketball won 11 in a row before losing its last contest in the NCAA round of 16. Men’s soccer won eight in a row in a mid-season stretch.
St. Thomas played 100 on-campus contests in 2012-13 in football, volleyball, soccer, basketball, tennis, baseball and softball and won 96 percent of those matches (95-3-2 won-loss record).
(Note: Scoring format was modified over the years)
1996/14th of 402/388.5 points
1997/18th of 402/340.5
1998/t-25th of 402/200
1999/16th of 387/240
2000/4th of 393/586
2001/25th of 395/353.5
2002/13th of 400/446.5
2003/35th of 424/301
2004/40th of 424/296
2005/24th of 424/356
2006/28th of 424/398
2007/28th of 424/431.25
2008/12th of 424/592.75
2009/13th of 424/702
2010/10th of 424/670.25
2011/26th of 435/454
2012/8th of 436/720.25
2013/9th of 436/742
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