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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – A return trip to the NCAA Gymnastics Championships Sweet Sixteen by Razorback Gymnastics helped Arkansas maintain its top-10 finish in the last winter edition of the 2021-22 Learfield Directors’ Cup standings, published Thursday by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of was published America (NACDA).
The Razorbacks currently have 634.25 Directors’ Cup points and rank 10th. The rankings released Thursday included men’s and women’s basketball, women’s bowling, men’s and women’s cross country, fencing, women’s field hockey, gymnastics for Men’s and women’s hockey, men’s and women’s hockey, soccer, rifle, skiing, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, men’s and women’s track and field, women’s volleyball, men’s water polo, and wrestling.
The Directors’ Cup tracks the nation’s most successful intercollegiate athletics programs for their achievements throughout the year. Arkansas ranks second among all programs in the Southeastern Conference and is one of seven league programs in the top 25 in the rankings.
Arkansas reached the regional finals for the second year in a row. The Razorbacks finished second in their NCAA Norman (Oklahoma) Regional session and advanced to the Sweet Sixteen. Coach Jordyn Wieber and the GymBacks ended their team season just one step away from promotion to contend for a national championship. Arkansas received 60.75 points for the NCAA finish.
Coach Eric Musselman and the Razorback men’s basketball team have made it deep into the NCAA tournament for the second straight year. The Razorbacks won three games in the draw, including a win over No. 1 Gonzaga in the Sweet Sixteen to advance to the Elite Eight and West Regional Finals. It was the first time Arkansas had advanced to the Elite Eight in consecutive seasons since the 1993-94 and 1994-95 seasons. For his efforts, Arkansas received 73 Directors’ Cup points.
The Razorbacks continued their tradition of excellence in track and field throughout the indoor season. Both the men’s and women’s teams won the SEC Indoor Track and Field Team titles before finishing in the top 10 at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships. Coach Lance Harter led the women’s team to fourth place in the international match. The podium brought 80 points. Coach Chris Bucknam and the men’s team placed seventh, earning 72 points for the program’s Directors’ Cup totals.
The Arkansas women’s swim and dive team earned a top 30 finish at the NCAA swim and dive championships. Coach Neil Harper’s side finished 28thth at the national meeting with 46 Directors’ Cup points.
Arkansas made a return trip to the NCAA women’s basketball tournament after also qualifying for the 2020-21 Big Dance. Were it not for a 2019-20 campaign curtailed by the pandemic, the Razorbacks would have earned three straight NCAA appearances. Coach Mike Neighbors and the Razorbacks scored 25 points for their place in the NCAA tournament field.
Arkansas started the fall season with two SEC championships and top 10 finishes in the NCAA in cross country. The men’s cross-country team earned 80 points for a podium finish at the national meet and finished fourth. The Razorback women’s cross-country team also squeezed the top 10 with an eighth place finish and earned 70.5 Directors’ Cup points.
Arkansas won its third straight SEC regular-season crown before advancing to the Elite Eight Round of the NCAA women’s soccer tournament for the first time. The program-record postseason run scored 73 points for the Hogs.
Coach Sam Pittman and the Razorback football team put on one of the best gridiron seasons in recent history in 2021. Arkansas capped a remarkable 9-4 season with a 24-10 win over Penn State in the Outback Bowl. The Razorbacks earned a final national placing of 20th in the USA Today/AFCA Coaches poll and earned 54 points in the Directors’ Cup rankings.
In 2020-21, Razorback Athletics had one of the most successful years in school history, including a program-best eighth place finish in the 2020-21 Learfield IMG Directors’ Cup. Arkansas’ best result so far was 14th. The Directors’ Cup program has tracked the success of the nation’s leading intercollegiate athletics programs since 1993-94.
The Razorbacks won a women’s indoor track and field (NCAA) title, had eight top-10 NCAA finishes, and a notable 10 Southeastern Conference regular-season and tournament championships, including SEC triple-crown sweeps in both cross-country and cross-country in athletics for both men and women. a second consecutive regular football season crown, the program’s first regular softball season title, and a regular baseball season and tournament championship. Arkansas’ championship total led the league and doubled the closest SEC program.