For the first time ever, all GSAC schools received points in the NAIA Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Standings, including 5 teams in the top 35. Concordia was the top-ranked GSAC program finishing in third place, followed by Westmont in 13th. To see the complete NAIA standings, go to NAIA Directors' Cup Final Standings.
GSAC teams won three NAIA national championships, all in women's sports, in the 2012-13 season. Concordia claimed the titles in volleyball and softball, while Westmont earned the division I women's basketball title. GSAC teams have now won 44 NAIA National Championships in the 27-year history of the conference. The complete list of these teams may be viewed at About the GSAC.
John Gilbertson, of The Master's, was the NAIA individual champion in men's cross country and in the 5000 meter run at the NAIA Outdoor Men's Track and Field Championship. In addition, the conference had 51 first-team All-Americans in all 13 sports sponsored by the conference. GSAC athletes also excelled in the classroom with 164 earning Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete honors.
Individual honors were given to Tugce Canitez and Kirsten Moore of Westmont, as NAIA Div. I Women's Basketball Player and Coach of the Year, respectively, while Katie Cotta and Crystal Rosenthal of Concordia, were honored as NAIA Softball Pitcher and Coach of the Year, respectively.
Some special events took place for the first time in the conference this year. The GSAC Men's and Women's Basketball Championship games were televised. In the women's final between the top two teams, Vanguard outlasted GSAC Champion Westmont. The men's game did not disappoint as No. 4-seed Concordia defeated No. 3-seed Arizona Christian 112-111 in double overtime in a hard-fought battle by both teams. The GSAC Men's and Women's Tennis Tournament was played in the famed Indian Wells Tennis Garden (left), providing a great experience for the student-athletes and coaches.
To see the complete list of this year's GSAC Championship events and results, go to 2012-13 GSAC Championships.
Below is a summary of this year's highlights. To see complete award lists for each sport, use the sports links on the left, and then click on Awards.
NAIA TEAM CHAMPIONS
Concordia – Women's Volleyball
Westmont – Div. I Women's Basketball
Concordia – Softball
TOP TEAM NAIA FINISHES
The Master's – Men's Cross Country 8th place
Biola – Women's Cross Country 10th place
Concordia – Women's Cross Country 11th place
Concordia – Men's Soccer Quarterfinalist
Vanguard – Women's Soccer Quarterfinalist
Biola – Volleyball Semifinalist
The Master's – Baseball World Series participant
Vanguard – Men's Tennis Semifinalist
Westmont – Men's Tennis Semifinalist
NAIA COACHES OF THE YEAR
Kirsten Moore, Westmont – Women's Basketball
Crystal Rosenthal, Concordia – Softball
NAIA ATHLETES OF THE YEAR
Tugce Canitez, Westmont – Women's Basketball Player of the Year
Katie Cotta, Concordia – Softball – Softball Pitcher of the Year
NAIA LEARFIELD DIRECTORS' CUP STANDINGS
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