Western Kentucky Leads Sun Belt Conference All-Sports Standings Entering Spring

Bowling Green, Ky. — With another championship effort from the women’s swimming and diving program, and solid showings by both basketball and indoor track teams, Western Kentucky University leads the Sun Belt Conference Vic Bubas Cup standings released after last week’s basketball tournaments.

The Bubas Cup is awarded to the league institution that best displays all-around excellence during the academic year. Western has claimed each of the last two all-sport trophies, and owns three since joining the conference in 1982.

“One of our primary departmental goals each year is to be the best overall athletic program within the Sun Belt Conference. We have succeeded in that goal each of the last two years and hopefully are well on our way this year,” said WKU Director of Athletics Dr. Wood Selig. “To accomplish this goal is a reflection of the commitment and sacrifices of all our student-athletes and coaches. This is truly a team championship that can be shared, appreciated, and enjoyed by all within athletics and Western.

“An institution’s standing in the Vic Bubas Cup speaks to the overall health and vitality of the entire athletic department as 17 programs contribute throughout the year in scoring for this award.”

Head coach Bill Powell — who was selected SBC co-Coach of the Year — led the Lady Toppers to their fourth consecutive swimming and diving championship Feb. 12-14 at Little Rock, Ark., as WKU won by its largest scoring margin ever. Audrey Barnard won two races, with Marci Kacsir and Alexis Rieck adding individual titles.

Two weeks later, the Hilltoppers finished third and the Lady Toppers fourth at the indoor track championships in Murfreesboro, Tenn. David Altmaier and Raigo Toompuu each earned a pair of individual titles on the men’s side, while Angie Gardner and Nicole Jaggers won events for the women.

All-tournament selections Carla Bartee and Tiffany Porter-Talbert helped lead the Lady Toppers to the championship game of the Aropostale Sun Belt Conference Tournament at E.A. Diddle Arena on March 9, as WKU was one of three teams to tie for the SBC East Division title in the regular season.

Sun Belt Player and Defensive Player of the Year Mike Wells, along with league Newcomer of the Year Nigel Dixon, helped the Toppers tie for second in the East Division in earning a number four seed at the men’s basketball conference tournament.

In the fall, WKU won both the men’s and women’s cross country titles, finished second in volleyball and tied for third in women’s soccer.

Western is two-and-a-half points ahead of North Texas and leads Middle Tennessee by 13.5 points. Points are determined by each school’s regular-season finish in soccer, baseball and softball except for volleyball and basketball, which are based on a combination of divisional and tournament finish. All other sports are determined by their tournament performances.

— WKU —