Louisville Breaks Top 25 in Learfield IMG Director's Cup
Louisville came in sitting at #23 in the latest release of the Learfield IMG Director's Cup. The Cardinals have accumulated 429 points from the fall and winter seasons. A total of 250 colleges and universities are listed and receive ratings based on performances from their different sports.
The Cards earned 73 points from women's basketball, fifth best. The Cards advanced to the Elite Eight and had the ACC Player of the Year in Dana Evans, who was then drafted 13th overall in the WNBA Draft.
Men's swimming and diving received 75 points, fifth best. Nick Albiero was named the ACC Men's Swimmer of the Year and won the National Championship in the 200 butterfly. The team of Mitchell Whyte, Evgenii Somov, Nick Albiero, and Haridi Sameh Kamel won the National Championship in the 200 medley relay.
Women's swimming and diving received 63 points, 13th best. Although the Cards did not win any national championships on the women's side, the Cards performed well in the ACC Championships and NCAA Championships.
Women's indoor track and field earned 52.5 points, ranked 20th. Makenli Forrest won the NCAA Championship for the indoor weight throw.
Men's indoor track and field received 18.5 points for 53rd best.
In the fall sports, field hockey received 83 points. The Cards advanced to their first ever Final Four. Three Cards were named to the All-ACC team in Alli Bitting, Charlie van Oirschot and Pastor is a candidate for the NFHCA National Player of the Year.
Volleyball received 64 points. The Cards advanced to the Sweet Sixteen and had three All-Americans in Tori Dilfer, Anna Stevenson, and Anna DeBeer. Dani Busboom Kelly was named ACC Coach of the Year.
Women's soccer, men's soccer, men's basketball, men's cross country, women's cross country, and football did not earn points.
Louisville does not carry bowling, fencing, gymnastics, ice hockey, rifle, skiing, wrestling, or water polo so they did not receive any points for those sports.
The spring sports have not been added, but Louisville is not expected to earn points in softball, lacrosse, rowing, or baseball. Both women's tennis and men's tennis should earn some type of points for appearances in the NCAA Tournament. Women's golf and men's golf both qualified for NCAA Regionals and Lauren Hartladge competed in the NCAA Championships so both teams should earn points. It is uncertain if Louisville will receive points for the outdoor portions of women's and men's track and field.
Louisville does not carry water polo, beach volleyball, or men's volleyball so they will not receive points for those.
I would not be surprised to see the Cards drop from where they currently sit once spring sports are added due to the absence of many teams from the postseason. Having other teams such as men's basketball and football, who normally score for the Cards in the fall and winter, not score anything also hurt.
The top 25 teams are listed as follows:
3- North Carolina
4- Ohio State
5- Kentucky (national championships in volleyball and rifle contributed to 1/3 of their score)
12- NC State
15- Notre Dame
18- Texas A&M
20- Oklahoma State
22- Penn State
24- Virginia Tech
25- Ole Miss
Happy Thursday and Go Cards!