Anchored by three NCAA championships and a school record-tying eight Big Ten titles, Penn State has earned its first top-five finish in the in the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings in 11 years, earning a school-record point total for the second consecutive year.
Penn State compiled 1,113.00 points to finish No. 5 in the final Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings, surpassing last year's previous record total of 1,100.00 points. The Nittany Lions were the only Big Ten Conference institution to place in the top 10.
Penn State was tied for the national lead by winning three NCAA Championships (fencing, women's volleyball and wrestling). Connecticut and Oregon also won three NCAA titles this past year.
The Nittany Lions earned their first top-five finish in the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings since placing No. 5 in 2002-03. Penn State earned its fifth top-five finish and secured its 10th top-10 finish in the 21 years the Directors' Cup has existed.
Penn State earned consecutive top-10 finishes in the Directors' Cup standings for the first time since 1998-99 and 1999-2000 after placing No. 6 last year. The Nittany Lions were No. 2 in the 2013-14 final winter Directors' Cup standings and No. 6 after the fall standings.
For the second consecutive year, 21 of 31 Penn State teams participated in their respective NCAA Championship this year.
Stanford won the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup with 1,482.00 points. Florida (1216.50), Notre Dame (1128.25), Virginia (1118.50) and Penn State (1113.00) rounded out the top five, followed by Texas (1093.00), UCLA (1078.50), USC (1063.75), Duke (1051.00) and Texas A&M (1022.00).
The Nittany Lions are one of only eight programs nationwide to finish in the top 25 in all 21 years of the comprehensive Directors' Cup competition.
In addition to women's volleyball and wrestling (dual season and championship), Penn State also won Big Ten Championships this year in: women's basketball, field hockey, men's soccer, women's indoor track and field and women's outdoor track and field.