Salem College Wins 2012-2013 GSAC President's Cup
May 03, 2013
ATLANTA, Ga. - The Great South Athletics Conference has released the final President's Cup standings for 2012-13 and Salem College narrowly topped Huntingdon for the title.
The Spirits' sports teams combined to total 245 points in the standings to edge the Hawks 245-235 in total points. The season-long victory for Salem makes them just the fourth school to capture the GSAC President's Cup crown since the league's inception in 2000.
The Salem College cross country team finished as the runner-up in the Great South Cross Country Meet. Volleyball became the first sport at Salem to win the Great South Tournament and advance to the NCAA Tournament. The soccer team became the first team to win the Great South Regular Season title with a 16-3-1 overall record. Basketball improved their record 12 games from last season, and they finished as both regular season and tournament runners-up. Track & Field set 15 new school records in their most successful season so far. Softball finished in 3rd in the regular season with a 9-7 conference record. Tennis upset Wesleyan in the Great South Tournament to advance to the semifinals for the first time ever.
Agnes Scott was close behind in third place with 220 points while Spelman came home in fourth with 160 points.
Wesleyan earned 100 points in the final standings to finish in fifth. Newcomer Finlandia, who only participated in softball, won that Championship and secured 70 points in the standings to finish sixth. Other GSAC neophytes Pine Manor and Trinity (D.C.) each tallied 35 points while participating in limited postseason action to round out the standings in a tie for seventh.
The Presidents Cup is awarded to the Great South Athletic Conference schools accumulating the highest points total in an academic year. This is based on order of finish in the championships. An institution not fielding a team in a conference championship event will not be awarded points in that sport. Member institutions must declare and sponsor a sport as varsity status with the NCAA to participate and score in any conference championship. Since the conference's inception in 2000, only Maryville, Piedmont, Huntingdon and Salem have won Presidents Cup trophies.