GRANVILLE, Ohio-- Raise another banner into the rafters of Livingston Gymnasium.
A stellar spring sports season was enough to carry Denison University to its record 16th North Coast Athletic Conference All-Sports Championship. Denison finished the 2017-18 campaign with 165 points fueled by three conference championships, six runner-up showings, and 17 top-five finishes.
Denison sat in second place in the overall standings after the conclusion of the winter sports season. Trailing by only 3.5 points heading into the spring, Denison had a tremendous spring that was carried by a conference championship in women's lacrosse, five runner-up finishes, and one third-place showing. DU racked up 77.5 points in the spring to run away with an 11-point victory over second-place DePauw and Ohio Wesleyan who tied with 154 points.
In addition to the aforementioned championship in women's lacrosse, Denison also captured titles in men's swimming & diving and field hockey. The Big Red ranks second in the NCAC in total conference championships with 142.
DU's six second-place finishes came from baseball, men's lacrosse, men's tennis, women's tennis, softball and women's swimming & diving. The Big Red also added third-place finishes in women's soccer and women's golf while fourth-place finishes were accomplished in football, men's soccer and volleyball.
"Denison prides its self on being a well-rounded high-achieving athletics department," noted Associate Vice President and Director of Athletics, Nan Carney-DeBord. "We try very hard to provide a foundation for success and we let our tremendous coaches and talented student-athletes take it from there."
"It is unbelievably rewarding to see the athletes put in the work and reap the benefits that come from that hard work," noted Carney-DeBord.
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.