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Michigan Takes Over Top Spot as the Winter Season Opens in the Sports Academy Directors' Cup Standings

March 24, 2005

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Cleveland, Ohio - The University of Michigan has taken over the lead in the Division I Sports Academy Directors' Cup standings.

Michigan was in second place at the end of the fall season, but moved into the top spot with 615.75 points. The Wolverines placed second in men's wrestling, ninth in men's track and field, 13th in women's track and field and 14th in women's swimming.

Ten-time champion, Stanford moved from third to second place, just six points behind with 609.75 points. The Cardinal placed fifth in women's swimming, eighth in women's track and field, 11th in fencing, 13th in men's track and field and 37th in men's wrestling. They are followed by Notre Dame, in third with 490 points; Texas, fourth with 471.25 points; and Wisconsin, fifth with 461.25 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 Notre Dame in fencing, Army in rifle, Denver in skiing, Georgia in women's swimming, Tennessee in women's track and field, Arkansas in men's track and field and Oklahoma State in men's wrestling

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 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.