UVa. wins fifth straight VaSID All-Sports Championship

The University of Virginia won .646 percent of its intercollegiate athletic contests in 2011-12 to win the 34th annual Virginia Sports Information Director’s Association Division I All-Sport championship. This is the Cavaliers 14th overall title, fifth straight and seventh in the last nine years.

Virginia Commonwealth was second overall at 61.5 followed by Richmond at 57.3.  Virginia won 72.4 percent of its men’s contests followed by VCU at 67.8.  On the women’s side Richmond won 69.2 percent of its contests, followed by JMU at 63.7.

The Cavaliers women’s rowing team won the NCAA National Championship, while men’s tennis finished second and women’s golf was fourth in their respective NCAA National Championships. The Cavaliers women’s cross country team won the Southeast Regional title.

Other national placing’s by Virginia schools included ODU’s field hockey team reaching the NCAA semifinals, JMU’s women’s basketball’s WNIT runner-up finish, Virginia Tech’s men’s track and field placing fifth in outdoors and eight indoors, and Liberty’s men’s golf team finishing 10th at the NCAA Championships.

Individually, Virginia Tech junior Alexander Ziegler captured the NCAA Hammer throw title.

Liberty led the state for the third straight year with eight conference championships, followed by Norfolk State with six, Virginia and Hampton with four each. Liberty won Big South titles in men’s cross country, women’s volleyball, men’s

Soccer, men’s indoor track and field, women’s indoor track and field, women’s basketball, men’s golf and men’s outdoor track and field.

Overall, Virginia Division I schools compiled a 2367-2187-59 record for a winning percentage of .520. Men’s teams were 1090-959-25 for a .532 percentage while

the women’s teams were  at .510 with a 1277-1228-34 mark. There were 16 sports that won over 50 percent of their contests led by men’s swimming (.638),men’s tennis (.612), women’s soccer  (.584) and football (.583).

The survey began in 1978-79 and includes winning percentages of only those sports withNCAA sponsored championships. Virginia leads with 14 overall titles,

followed by Old Dominion with 12, James Madison with three, Hampton with two, and one crown each for George Mason, Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth.

The overall champion receives an award from the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame.

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