WU Athletics ranks 12th in NCSA

The National Collegiate Scouting Association (NCSA) announced its fifth annual Collegiate Power Rankings Wednesday, Aug. 15, and Washington University finished in 12th place on the list of top academic and athletic colleges and universities in the country.

The list includes all schools at the NCAA Division I, II and III levels. Washington University also finished first within the University Athletic Association (UAA) and fourth in the Division III rankings.

Williams College ranked first in the overall standings, with Amherst College, Duke University, the University of California-San Diego and the University of Notre Dame rounding out the top five.

Washington University won eight UAA championships and sent eight teams to the NCAA Tournament in 2006-07.

A total of eight WU programs earned top-10 NCAA finishes: softball (second), volleyball (second), women’s basketball (second), men’s basketball (third), women’s cross country (fourth), men’s tennis (tied-fifth), women’s swimming and diving (seventh) and women’s soccer (tied-ninth). The Bears also placed 18th in men’s cross country and men’s swimming and diving, tied for 28th in women’s indoor track and field, tied for 33rd in baseball and men’s soccer, and 56th in women’s outdoor track and field.

Bears football picked second in UAA

The Washington University football team was picked second in the 2007 University Athletic Association (UAA) Preseason Conference Coaches’ Poll, as announced by the conference office.

Carnegie Mellon University, which posted a 10-0 regular season record en route to a berth to the NCAA Division III Championship last season, is favored to defend its UAA championship. The Tartans collected three first-place votes in tallying 15 points.

Eight-time UAA champion Washington University and Case Western Reserve University were the coaches’ picks to finish tied for second place, each totaling nine points with the Bears picking up the remaining first-place vote. The University of Chicago was chosen to finish fourth in this year’s standings, earning three points.

The Bears finished the 2006 season with a 6-4 overall record and placed second in the UAA. Washington U. won four of its last five games to secure a school-record 14th-consecutive winning season. The 2007 season opener is at home Sat., Sept. 1, at 6 p.m. against Lake Forest College.