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Lindenwood Vaults Into the Lead as the Winter Season Opens in the Race for the Sports Academy Directors' Cup

March 24, 2005

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Cleveland, Ohio - Two-time winner Lindenwood University (Mo.) [2001-02, 2002-03] has vaulted into the lead as the winter championship season opens in the 2004-05 Sports Academy Directors' Cup standings for the NAIA.

Lindenwood, which had been in third place at the end of the fall season, posted 547 points based on championships in men's track and field and wrestling. The Lions also placed fifth in men's swimming, 10th in women's swimming and 18th in women's track and field.

Dropping into second place, just six points behind, was the fall leader Azusa Pacific (Calif.) with 541 points based on fourth place finishes in women and men's track and field. They are followed by Simon Fraser (B.C.), in third with 504.5 points; Cedarville (Ohio), fourth with 446.25 points; and Concordia (Neb.), in fifth with 444.5 points.

This is the first set of winter standings and includes the sports women and men's Division II basketball, swimming and track and field and men's wrestling. In addition to Lindenwood, winning these national championships were Morningside (Iowa) in women's Division II basketball; Walsh (Ohio) in men's Division II basketball; California Baptist in women's swimming; Simon Fraser in men's swimming; and Oklahoma Baptist in women's track and field.

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 12 sports - six women's and six 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.