NEW LONDON, Conn.-- Coast Guard has finished 74th nationally in the 2018-19 Division III Learfield IMG College Directors' Cup final standings. The Bears have earned a spot in the top-100 for the first time since 2006-07 when they finished 84th overall.
To earn points in the Learfield Directors' Cup a maximum of 18 sports are counted. Men's and women's basketball and men's and women's soccer are the four sports that must be counted for each institution. Additionally, up to 14 other scores may be counted, regardless of gender, in the final score.
Coast Guard finished in the Learfield Directors' Cup standings with a total of 266.25 points. After not earning any points in the fall, the Bears tallied 229.75 points in the winter with a program-best, 47th spot in the winter rankings.
Women's indoor track and field brought in the most points with 67.5 points as the Bears sent four female athletes to the Division III National Championships. Sophomore Kaitlyn Mooney ran the fastest time ever recorded in Division III history to win the National Championship in the 5,000 meters. The DMR of Anita Green, Anna Beck, Adora Lawrence and Mooney placed third with a school-record time of 11:43.85 to earn All-America honors.
Men's swimming added 62.3 points as they sent seven male swimmers to the Division III Swimming Championships. Joe Rodriguez placed third in the 50 freestyle with a school record time of 19.88 and was part of the 200 medley relay team with Patrick Jackson, Chasse Sodemann and Tyler Dominick which finished in eighth with a time of 1:29.98 to earn All-America honors. Chasse Sodemann placed eighth in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 55.08 in the finals to earn All-America honors. Joe Rodriguez earned his third All-America as he placed seventh in the 100 freestyle.
Wrestling and women's swimming both earned 46 points each for the Bears. Wrestling sent a program record, five wrestlers to the Division III Wrestling Championship and women's swimming had four athletes participate in the Division III Swimming Championships.
Junior AJ Aeberli (174), sophomore Jon Wagner (197) and junior Patrick Irwin (HWT), senior Nick Remke (165), and freshman Paul Detwiler (184) all represented Coast Guard at the championships. Aeberli earned All-America honors with a sixth place finish at 174 pounds.
The women's 800 freestyle relay of Sarah Passilla, Kristen Durham-Young, Emily Benson and Josie McGuire placed seventh with the school record time of 7:29.60 to earn All-America honors.
Men's indoor track and field added eight points to close out the winter rankings for the Bears. Junior Ben Zarlengo and sophomore Josiah Davis both represented Coast Guard at the Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships. Davis placed eighth in the 800 meters to earn All-America honors.
The Bears added 36.5 points during the spring season. Women's track and field tallied 31.5 points and men's track and field added five points. In total, Coast Guard sent four athletes to the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Mooney, sophomore Leilani Salang, junior Adora Lawrence, and junior Ben Zarlengo all represented Coast Guard at the championships.
Mooney and Zarlengo both earned All-America honors. Mooney placed third in the 5,000 meters with a time of 17:14.80 and Zarlengo had a school record throw of 187 feet, 6 inches with an eighth place finish in the hammer throw.
Two other New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) school finished in the top-100, MIT finished sixth and Springfield finished 38th.