June 19, 2008
NORFOLK, VA-- Old Dominion University athletics enjoyed another outstanding season, winning .602 percent of its intercollegiate contests to place second in the 30th annual Virginia Sports Information Director's Association Division I All-Sports Survey. The University of Virginia won .619 percent of its contest to take the championship. James Madison finished third overall at .601.
The Monarchs had two teams reach their respective rounds of 16 in the NCAA tournaments, eight individuals compete in National Championship events, two Colonial Athletic Association Championships, three CAA Coach of the years, and three CAA rookies of the Year. Two student athletes were named All-Americans and a total of 20 earned Academic All-American honors. The women's field hockey squad compiled the highest grade point average in the nation at 3.68.
In all, ODU athletic teams compiled a 177-116-5 record (.602 percent) for their contests in 2007-08. The women's teams won .609, and the men's teams won .597.
Virginia won 69 percent of its men's contests and James Madison won 62 percent of it's women's. Virginia was paced by men's tennis and men's lacrosse, both of whom reached the NCAA semi-finals. Women's rowing placed fifth at the NCAA national championships, and individually, Somdev Devvarman repeated as the NCAA men's tennis singles champion. The Cavaliers led the state in top 30 team finishes with 13.
Virginia Tech followed with its men's soccer team reaching the NCAA College Cup semi-finals, and softball squad reaching the College World Series. Women's indoor track and field finished 10th at the NCAA National Championships. The Hokies ACC Championship football squad ranked ninth in the final polls. James Madison's field hockey squad reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA's, and Richmond reached the semi-finals of the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision.
Joining Virginia's Somdev Devvarman on the individual national championship list is Liberty's Josh McDougall, who captured the NCAA Cross Country National title.
Liberty led the state with eight conference championships, followed by Virginia with six ,Virginia Tech, and William and Mary followed with four each.
Overall, Virginia Division I schools compiled a 2329-2066-58 record for a winning percentage of .530. Men's teams were 1112-927-34 for a .545 percentage while the women's teams were at .516 with a 1217-1139-24 mark. There were 16 sports that won over 50 percent of their events led by wrestling (.624), football (.620), and men's tennis (.604).
The survey began in 1978-79 and includes winning percentages of only those sports with NCAA sponsored championships. Old Dominion won seven of the first eight titles, then again in 1993-94, 1995-96 and 1998-99. Virginia won five straight years from 1988-89 to 1992-93, then again in 1996-97, 1997-98, and 2003-04 and 2004-05. George Mason won in 1986-87, and James Madison in 1981-82, 1987-88 and 1994-95. Hampton University won in 2000 and 2001, while Richmond took first in 2002 and VCU followed in 2003. Old Dominion won the past two years, and has 12 total championships, followed by Virginia with 10.