PLANO, Texas (Apr. 1, 2019) – Caltech has earned points in the Learfield Directors' Cup Division III standings for a third consecutive year for the first time ever and improved on last year's ranking thanks to men's swim & dive junior Thomas Gallup (Houston, Texas / Phillips Exeter Acad.) placing 11th in the country at the NCAA National Championships.
Gallup's six points tied Caltech men's swim & dive for 39th in the country. The junior posted a new career-best time of 55.12 in the 100-yard breaststroke, bettering his freshman year mark by .04, to move up from his preliminary position of 15th and match his rookie year placing of 11th in the nation. Gallup also competed in the 200 Breast and 50 Free, setting another personal best in the latter event at 21.82. The men's team finish translated into 27 Director's Cup points, placing 235th in Division III after checking in at 280th one year ago.
The Beavers' third straight appearance in the Directors' Cup Standings is unprecedented. Prior to 2017, Caltech's last appearance in the standings came courtesy of then-freshman Katherine Harvard, who earned 44 points by virtue of qualifying for the 2004 NCAA Championships in women's fencing. The Beavers' only other appearance came in 1996-97, when Hall of Honor inductee Cailin Henderson placed 115th at the cross country championship and qualified for the 3,000-meter run in track & field.
The Learfield Directors' Cup is awarded annually to the nation's best overall collegiate athletics program.
In 1993, USA Today and the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) jointly launched the Directors' Cup and it has since grown into a highly recognized mark of distinction among collegiate institutions