LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- With a victory in women's swimming and diving and a regular season title in women's basketball, Trinity University maintained its lead in the race for the 2018-19 SCAC Presidents' Trophy following the conclusion of the league's winter sports season.

Trinity has won the last seven straight Presidents' Trophy titles, equaling the longest consecutive win streak by one institution in the 56-year history of the award. Trinity also won seven straight all-sports trophies from 1993-94 through 1999-00.

The Texas Tigers, who won regular season titles in every fall sport (tying for volleyball with Colorado College) and then swept the men's and women's cross country championships, added to their championship harvest in the winter with a women's swimming and diving championship as well as the women's basketball regular season title. Following the fall and winter seasons, Trinity has 335 points and a 52.5 point lead over second-place Southwestern University.

Southwestern had an impressive winter, winning the program's first-ever SCAC men's swimming and diving championship and following that up with a share of the men's basketball regular season title. The Pirates, who improved one place from the fall, sit in second place with 282.5 points.

Colorado College, which had earned a share of the regular season volleyball title and posted second-place finishes in men's and women's cross country as well as men's soccer during the fall season, slipped from second to third in the winter standings and sit with 240 points.

Rounding out the current winter standings, Texas Lutheran University is fourth with 187.5 points, Austin College is fifth with 162.5 points, Centenary College is sixth with 142.5 points, the University of Dallas is seventh with 130 points, SCAC newcomer Johnson & Wales University is eighth with 112.5 points and Schreiner University is ninth with 97.5 points.

2019 SCAC Presidents' Trophy - Winter Standings


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 this year (2018-19) to allow for participation by transitioning member institutions, Johnson & Wales University Denver and the University of St. Thomas, who joins the league in 2019-20. 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
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