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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – A trip back to the Sweet Sixteen of Razorback Gymnastics’ NCAA Gymnastics Championships helped Arkansas maintain their top 10 ranking in the latest Learfield Directors’ Cup Standings 2021-22 winter edition released Thursday by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of America (NACAD).
The Razorbacks currently have 634.25 points in the Directors’ Cup and are ranked 10th. The rankings released on Thursday included men’s and women’s basketball, women’s bowling, men’s and women’s cross country, fencing, women’s field hockey, men’s and women’s gymnastics, men’s and women’s hockey, soccer, rifle, skiing, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, men’s and women’s athletics, women’s volleyball, men’s water polo and wrestling.
The Directors’ Cup tracks the country’s most successful intercollegiate athletics programs for their performances throughout the year. Arkansas ranks second among all programs in the Southeast Conference and is one of seven league programs in the top 25 rankings.
Arkansas advanced to the regional finals for the second straight season. The Razorbacks finished second in their NCAA Norman (Oklahoma) Regional session and advanced to the Sweet Sixteen. Coach Jordyn Wieber and the GymBacks have concluded their team season, one step closer to advancing to a national championship. Arkansas earned 60.75 points for the NCAA submission.
Coach Eric Musselman and the men’s basketball team Razorback had a good run in the NCAA Tournament for the second year in a row. The Razorbacks won three games in the draw, including a victory over No.1 Gonzaga in the Sweet Sixteen to advance to the Elite Eight and West Regional Finals. It was the first time Arkansas had advanced to the Elite Eight in consecutive seasons since the 1993-94 and 1994-95 campaigns. For their efforts, Arkansas earned 73 Directors’ Cup points.
The Razorbacks continued their tradition of excellence in athletics throughout the indoor season. Both the men’s and women’s squads won the SEC Indoor Athletics team titles before advancing to the top 10 at the NCAA Indoor Athletics Championships. Coach Lance Harter led the women’s team to fourth place in the national meeting. The podium yielded 80 points. Coach Chris Bucknam and the men’s team placed seventh to earn 72 points in the program’s Director’s Cup points total.
The Arkansas Women’s Swim and Dive Team secured a top 30 spot in the NCAA Swim and Dive Championship. Coach Neil Harper’s squad finished 28thº in the national meeting, adding 46 points in the Directors’ Cup.
Arkansas took a trip back to the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament after also qualifying for the Big Dance in 2020-21. Had it not been for a shortened pandemic in the 2019-20 campaign, the Razorbacks would have earned three consecutive NCAA appearances. Coach Mike Neighbors and the Razorbacks scored 25 points for earning a spot on the NCAA Tournament field.
Arkansas kicked off the fall season with a pair of SEC championships and the NCAA top 10 in cross country. The men’s cross country team earned 80 points for a podium at the national meeting, finishing in fourth place. Women’s cross country team Razorback also toppled the top 10 with an eighth place, earning 70.5 points in the Directors Cup.
Arkansas won their third straight SEC regular season crown before advancing to the Elite Eight round of the NCAA Women’s Football Tournament for the first time. The show’s postseason record yielded 73 points for the Hogs.
Coach Sam Pittman and football team Razorback had one of the best gridiron seasons in recent history in 2021. Arkansas ended a remarkable 9-4 season with a 24-10 win over Penn State in the Outback Bowl. The Razorbacks achieved a final national ranking of No. 20 in the USA Today/AFCA Coaches poll, giving him 54 points in the Directors’ Cup ranking.
In 2020-21, the Razorback Athletics had one of the most successful years in the school’s history, including an eighth-place finish in the 2020-21 Learfield IMG Directors’ Cup. Arkansas’ previous best result was 14º. The Directors’ Cup program tracks the success of the nation’s top college athletics programs since 1993-94.
The Razorbacks have won an NCAA (Women’s Indoor Track & Field) title, won eight NCAA Top-10 finishes, and an outstanding 10th regular season and Southeast Conference tournament championships, including the SEC triple crown in men’s cross country and track and field. and women’s, a second consecutive regular season football title, the program’s first regular season softball title, and a regular season championship and baseball tournament. Arkansas championship totals led the league and doubled the next closest SEC program.