UT wins first Jacoby Trophy, given to top MAC Women’s ProgramWritten by Zach Davis | | firstname.lastname@example.org
The University of Toledo was named as the top women’s athletic program in the Mid-American Conference in 2012 this week, being awarded with the Jacoby Trophy.
“This is a tremendous milestone for our program,” said UT athletic director Mike O’Brien. “The student-athletes and coaches in our women’s programs have truly earned their recognition as the best in the Mid-American Conference. We are extremely proud of everything they have accomplished and congratulate them for this historic achievement.”
This is the first time in the award’s 30 years that the Rockets have won the trophy, previously finishing a program-high fourth place the past three seasons. They scored an average of 9.28 points per team, ahead of Central Michigan (9.06), Miami (8.78) and Ohio (8.44). Points are awarded based on each school’s finish, with the overall total divided by the number of sports sponsored by each school.
Helping Toledo win the Jacoby Trophy were three different programs that earned the MAC championship: cross country, soccer and swimming and diving. The cross country and soccer team each earned their fourth conference titles, with the soccer team netting a league record, and the swimming and diving team won its second championship in three seasons.
The Rockets also shared in its third consecutive MAC West Division regular season championship in women’s basketball while both the indoor and outdoor track and field teams finished a program-best second place. The UT women’s golf team came in third in the league for its second top-three finish in three seasons. The softball team finished in eighth place, but improved, making the MAC Tournament for the first time since 1997.