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Perennial Champion Williams Opens the Winter Season in the Lead for the Sports Academy Directors' Cup

March 17, 2005

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Cleveland, Ohio - Perennial champion Williams College (Mass.), an eight-time winner, opened the winter championship season at the top of the standings for the Sports Academy Directors' Cup Division III standings.

The Ephs posted 659.75 points and hold a dominating 166.25-point lead. Williams placed fourth in women's swimming and women's track and field, 12th in men's wrestling and 14th in skiing.

Holding onto second place is Wisconsin La Crosse with 493.5 points, based on the national title in men's track and field and placements of fourth in men's wrestling, 15th in women's swimming and 18th in women's track and field. Rounding out the top five are Wisconsin Stevens Point, in third with 469.75 points; Wartburg (Iowa), in fourth with 395 points; and New Jersey, in fifth with 382 points.

This is the first set of winter standings and includes the sports of skiing, women's swimming, women and men's track and field and men's wrestling. In addition to Wisconsin La Crosse, winning these national championships were Emory (Ga.) in women's swimming, Wisconsin Oshkosh in women's track and field and Augsburg (Minn.) in men's wrestling. The highest Division III finish in skiing, a national collegiate sport was Middlebury (Vt.) in eighth.

The Sports Academy Directors' Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. The United States Sports Academy, based in Daphne, Alabama, is the program sponsor. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 18 sports -- nine women's and nine men's.

Winter sports standings to date follow. Please note, standings published midseason are unofficial standings. Official standings will be published upon the completion of the spring season.