CLEVELAND, Ohio – Queens College has finished the 2016-17 season ranked in the top 100 of the NCAA Division II Learfield Directors' Cup standings. Queens comes in at No. 99 out of over 300 Division II institutions with 214 total points.
"This is the highest ranking ever in the history of the department," said China Jude, Queens College Assistant Vice President for Athletics. "Last year, we finished 138th. Cracking the top 100 demonstrates our commitment to giving our student-athletes the best academic and athletic experience."
Queens recorded its best finish in the Directors' Cup after scoring points in women's basketball, men's swimming and diving, and men's and women's tennis. The Knights also finished third among East Coast Conference (ECC) teams.
With 86 combined points in women's basketball and men's swimming and diving, Queens stood in 132nd in the standings after the winter season. Queens received its highest point total in women's basketball with 73 after the Knights won the NCAA East Regional and advanced to the Elite Eight for the first time in program history. Diver Moustafa Ibrahim also competed at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships, giving the Knights 13 more points.
Queens then totaled 128 points in the spring to move up 33 spots in the final standings. The Knights' men's and women's tennis teams each posted 64 points apiece in the spring. After winning the ECC Championship, the men's tennis team advanced to the NCAA Round of 16 by winning the NCAA East Region 1 title. The women's tennis team followed suit by taking the NCAA East Region 2 crown to advance to the Round of 16 as well.