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Pack 27th in Final Directors Cup

NC State had its highest finish in the 22-year history of the Learfield Sports Directors Cup, finishing 27th in the final standings that were released on Thursday.

A total of 14 teams registered points, and the Pack was pushed up in the standings with strong finishes from men’s swimming and diving (eighth place in the NCAA Championships), men’s basketball (an NCAA Sweet 16 appearance) and softball (an NCAA Super Regional appearance).

Nine teams finished their seasons ranked in the Top 25 of their respective sport’s final ranking.

2015 Gwiazdowski championshipCombined with the recent announcement that Wolfpack athletics earned its best-ever Federal Graduation Rate of 71 percent and its second best NCAA Graduation Success Rate of 81 percent, it capped the best year ever under fifth-year athletics director Debbie Yow.

“The combined academic and athletic success of our programs in 2014-15 is something the NC State community appreciates,” Yow said. “We applaud the efforts of our student-athletes, coaches and staffs on a truly special year and the progress we’re making in all of our key goal areas.”

Over the last five years, the Wolfpack has improved from 89 th in 2009-10 to 27 th this academic year.

NC State’s Recent Rankings in the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup

2014-15: 27
2013-14: 41
2012-13: 34
2011-12: 37
2010-11: 67
2009-10: 89

NC State Directors’ Cup Team Scoring

Men’s swimming and diving          70.5
Men’s basketball                              64
Softball                                              64
Women’s cross country                  58.5
Wrestling                                          58.5
Women’s swimming and diving     57
Women’s golf                                    52
Baseball                                             50
Women’s gymnastics                       46.5
Football                                              45
Men’s golf                                          40
Women’s indoor track and field     39.5
Men’s cross country                         27
Men’s outdoor track and field        27
Men’s tennis                                      25