MACON, Ga. – Florida Gulf Coast University is the Bill Bibb Trophy winner for the first time in the school’s history, edging ETSU to claim the 2012-13 Atlantic Sun All-Sports championship.
FGCU is the first to win other than ETSU in its seven years of existence.
While the winner of the Jesse C. Fletcher Trophy as the men’s all-sports champion cannot be determined until the completion of the baseball regular season this weekend, mathematically the Eagles’ current success is enough to claim the overall all-sports title. A chance remains for ETSU, FGCU or Mercer to claim the Fletcher trophy, as the drama heightens for this weekend’s action.
Regardless of the outcome on the diamond, FGCU is secured of finishing no worse than tied for fifth in the baseball standings, and the next closest school, ETSU, cannot accrue enough points to pass the Eagles.
The Eagles won regular season championships in men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball and women’s basketball. They total 276 out of a possible 366 overall points, for a winning percentage of .754. Their women’s total of 169.5 points is second only to North Florida’s 177 this season, and their 106.5 points in the men’s race have them in second heading into the final weekend of regular season baseball.
FGCU claimed four team titles for the second consecutive season and places it in a tie with North Florida for the most in 2012-13. Only five programs have won four or more titles in a season in the award’s six-year history.
With a pair of championships in women’s tennis and women’s golf, ETSU is second to FGCU with 300 out of a possible 429 points (.699), receiving 139.5 from its men’s teams and 160.5 from the women.
North Florida joins FGCU with the most regular season titles, winning four: men’s tennis, sand volleyball, men’s golf and softball. The Ospreys currently occupy third with 274.5 points out of a possible 444 (.618).
Last year Kennesaw State finished as runner-up to ETSU in the closest race in the award’s history. This year the Owls currently sit in fourth place with a pair of championships in men’s indoor and outdoor track and field. KSU’s current point total is 243 out of a possible 402 (.605). Mercer’s men’s basketball regular season championship helps the Bears to round out the top five with 216 points out of a possible 366 (.590). The Bears are currently in third place in the tightly contested men’s race with 97.5 points out of 144 possible (.677).
For the eighth straight time Jacksonville’s women’s track and field claimed indoor and outdoor titles, and the Dolphins sit in sixth place in the overall race. Their total of 147 points in the women’s race and 51 from the men total 198 points out of a possible 354 (.559).
In seventh place, USC Upstate tallied 214.5 points with a team title in men’s cross country. Stetson received 106.5 points from its women and 60 from the men to total 166.5 out of 366 (.455) and place eighth.
Lipscomb follows the Hatters in ninth with 190.5 points and a team title in women’s cross country, and newcomer Northern Kentucky completes the roster with a total of 150 points out of possible 429 (.350).
FGCU claimed the Sherman Day Trophy as the women’s champion last week. The Eagles’ women’s soccer, volleyball and women’s basketball titles helped them secure the top spot and they finished with 169.5 points out of 222 (.764). They were followed by North Florida (177/264, .671), ETSU (160.5/249, .645), Jacksonville (147/237, .620) and 2012 champion Kennesaw State (148.5/249) in the top five. Mercer (118.5/222, .534), cross country champion Lipscomb (120/249, .482), Stetson (106.5/222, .480), USC Upstate (106.5/249, .428) and Northern Kentucky (84/249, .337) completed the field.
Points for the all-sports standings are awarded on a descending basis in three-point increments and are established according to the number of teams participating in each sport. In team sports, points are awarded based on a school's regular season finish. In individual sports, such as cross country, golf, and track and field, points are awarded based on their A-Sun Championship standings. In the event of a tie, the two schools split the combined points.