TRINITY EXTENDS LEADS FOR 2019-20 SCAC PRESIDENTS' TROPHY

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- With victories in men's and women's swimming & diving and a regular season title in women's basketball, Trinity University extended its lead in the race for the 2019-20 SCAC Presidents' Trophy following the conclusion of the league's winter sports season. Complete Winter Standings

The TU Tigers, who had led by 30 points following the fall when the program picked up regular season titles in women's soccer and volleyball and finished second in men's and women's cross country, extended their lead to 70 points over second-place Colorado College.

Trinity has won the last eight straight Presidents' Trophy titles, the longest consecutive win streak by one institution in the 57-year history of the award.

The system used for distributing Presidents' Trophy points was tweaked last year to allow for participation by transitioning member institutions, Johnson & Wales University Denver and University of St. Thomas. Points, which had been awarded based off finish at the conference championship event, are now awarded based on regular season finish (for those sports that conduct regular season play). For the sports of cross country, swimming and diving, golf, lacrosse, tennis and track and field, points will continue to be awarded based on championship finish. 

Colorado College posted third-place finishes in both men's and women's swimming & diving and tied for fourth in the womens basketball regular season and has 280 points heading into the spring season.

On the strength of runner-up finishes on both the men's and women's side at the SCAC Swimming & Diving Championships, Southwestern University remains third in the all-sports standings and has 255 points.

Ausitn College made the largest jump in the standings from the fall, propelled by third-place finishes during the regular season for both the men's and women's basketball program, moving from seventh to fourth place with 215 points.

University of St. Thomas, which is just 2.5 points behind Austin College at 212.5 points, moved from sixth to fifth in the team standings after its men's basketball team took the SCAC regular season title and the Celt women placed second.

Rounding out the fall Presidents' Trophy standings, Texas Lutheran University is sixth with 190 points, Centenary College sits in seventh with 162.5 points, University of Dallas is eighth with 157.5 points, Johnson & Wales University (Denver) is ninth with 105 points and Schreiner University is 10th with 97.5 points.

SCAC PRESIDENT'S TROPHY QUICK FACTS

The symbol of conference supremacy is the 300-pound railroad bell which was donated to the SCAC by the Norfolk and Western Railroad. This bell, the "Presidents' Trophy", is a rotating award and goes to the school with the best overall sports record for the year.

The bell has been a part of the conference since its inception in 1962. In fact, the first conference logo, when the league was known as the College Athletic Conference, has the image of the bell incorporated into it.

The Presidents' Trophy is displayed for one year on the campus of the school with the combined men's and women's athletics program that accumulates the highest points total in the all-sports race.

The system used for distributing Presidents' Trophy points was tweaked last year (2018-19) to allow for participation by transitioning member institutions, Johnson & Wales University Denver and University of St. Thomas. Points, which had been awarded based off finish at the conference championship event, will now be awarded based on regular season finish (for those sports that conduct regular season play). For the sports of cross country, swimming and diving, golf, lacrosse, tennis and track and field, points will continue to be awarded based on championship finish. 

As has been the case, points will continue to be awarded from the bottom up. A last place finish in any particular sport is worth 5 points with points being awarded in five-point increments for each place, up to first place.

SCAC Presidents' Trophy - Archived Year-by-Year Results

Year - Winner
1962-63 - Washington (Mo.)
1963-64 - Washington (Mo.)
1964-65 - Washington (Mo.)
1965-66 - Washington (Mo.)
1966-67 - Southwestern (Tenn.)
1967-68 - Washington & Lee
1968-69 - Washington & Lee
1969-70 - Washington (Mo.)
1970-71 - Washington (Mo.)
1971-72 - Washington & Lee
1972-73 - Washington & Lee
1973-74 - Sewanee
1974-75 - Rose-Hulman
1975-76 - Rose-Hulman / Sewanee (tie)
1976-77 - Centre
1977-78 - Principia
1978-79 - Southwestern (Tenn.)
1979-80 - Sewanee
1980-81 - Rose-Hulman
1981-82 - Rose-Hulman
1982-83 - Rose-Hulman
1983-84 - Centre
1984-85 - Rose-Hulman
1985-86 - Rose-Hulman
1986-87 - Rose-Hulman
1987-88 - Rose-Hulman
1988-89 - Rose-Hulman
1989-90 - Centre
1990-91 - Centre
1991-92 - Centre / Rhodes (tie)
1992-93 - Rhodes
1993-94 - Trinity
1994-95 - Trinity
1995-96 - Trinity
1996-97 - Trinity
1997-98 - Trinity
1998-99 - Trinity
1999-00 - Trinity
2000-01 - DePauw
2001-02 - Trinity
2002-03 - Trinity
2003-04 - Trinity
2004-05 - Trinity
2005-06 - DePauw
2006-07 - DePauw
2007-08 - DePauw
2008-09 - DePauw
2009-10 - DePauw
2010-11 - DePauw
2011-12 - Trinity
2012-13 - Trinity
2013-14 - Trinity
2014-15 - Trinity
2015-16 - Trinity
2016-17 - Trinity
2017-18 - Trinity
2018-19 - Trinity
 
SCAC Presidents' Trophy
All-time program wins
 
Trinity - 19
Rose-Hulman - 10
DePauw - 7
Washington (Mo.) - 6
Centre - 5
Southwestern (Tenn.) / Rhodes - 4
Washington & Lee - 4
Sewanee - 3
Principia - 1