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Notre Dame Holds Top Spot as the Winter Season Opens

March 23, 2006

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Cleveland, Ohio - The University of Notre Dame continues to hold the lead in the U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cup Division I standings as the winter season kicks off.

Notre Dame was in first place at the end of the fall season and has continued that lead with 545 points. The Fighting Irish placed fourth in fencing, 33rd in men's track and field, 39th in women's track and field and 41st in women's swimming.

Eleven-time champion, Stanford moved from third to second place, just 8.5 points behind with 536.5 points. The Cardinal placed second in women's track and field, fifth in women's swimming, seventh in fencing, 37th in wrestling and 52nd in men's track and field. They are followed by Penn State, in third with 521.25; Texas, in fourth with 494.5 points; and Wisconsin, in fifth with 491 points.

This is the first set of winter standings and includes the sports of fencing, rifle, skiing, women's swimming, women and men's track and field and men's wrestling. Winning these championships were Harvard in fencing, Colorado in skiing, Auburn in women's swimming, Texas in women's track and field, Arkansas in men's track and field and Oklahoma State in men's wrestling. The highest Division I finish in rifle, a National Collegiate sport, was Nebraska in second.

The U.S. 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 20 sports - 10 women's and 10 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.