The Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC) held its annual spring meeting at Buena Vista University and Luther College has presented the Marjorie Giles Women's Sports Championship Trophy for the tenth time in school history.
Each school's conference finish in each sport throughout the year is given a numerical worth by inverting the finish (i.e. first place is worth nine points, second place is worth eight points, third place is worth seven points, etc). In case of ties, the worth of all places involved are totaled and divided by the number of teams in that tie. Each school's finish in all sports is then totaled, and the school with the largest number of points is awarded the Elmer Hertel Men's Sports Championship Trophy for the men's league and the Marjorie Giles Women's Sports Championship Trophy for the women's league.
Note: The Iowa Conference does recognize conference championships and all-conference performers for both men's and women's swimming, and these championships are included in a schools overall conference championships historical total. Because these sports do not compete for an official league title, they are not included in the overall point total towards the all-sports trophies.
At the conclusion of the 2002-03 academic year, the Iowa Conference All-Sports Championship was established. It is awarded to the school that demonstrates overall excellence in men's and women's sports for a given year.
The Norse claimed the Marjorie Giles Women's Sports Championship Trophy with 60.9 points, thanks to finishing second or higher in seven of the nine women's sports that compete for a league title. Luther won titles in tennis and softball and tied for first in soccer. To go along with these three titles, Luther finished second in volleyball and basketball, and third in cross country and golf.
In the men's Elmer Hertel Sports Championship Trophy race, Luther finished the year in sixth place with 44.2 points. Men's golf captured a second consecutive conference title, tennis finished second, and both soccer and baseball finished third.
In the All-Sports Trophy race, Luther finished in a tie for third place with Loras with 13 points. Since the inception of this award, Luther has now finished third three times, second 10 times and won the All-Sports Championship in 2010-11 and 2011-12.