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Grand Valley State Dominates in Division II

March 30, 2006

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Cleveland, Ohio - Defending champion Grand Valley State (Mich.) has increased its lead in the U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cup standings for Division II to an impressive 352.47 point margin.

The winner for the last two years, the Lakers now boast 754.75 points. The national champion in women's basketball, Grand Valley State also placed fifth in women's track and field, 10th in men's track and field, 13th in women's swimming, 15th in men's swimming and 33rd in men's basketball.

Moving into second place is Central Missouri State with 402.25 points, based on a sixth place finish in women's track and field, 10th in men's track and field and 17th in women's basketball, men's basketball and wrestling They are followed by Adams State (Colo.), third with 388 points; Abilene Christian (Tex.), fourth with 367 points; and Nebraska Omaha, fifth with 359.5 points.

This is the second set of winter standings and includes the sports of women and men's basketball, swimming and track and field, wrestling and the National Collegiate sports of fencing, rifle, skiing and women's ice hockey. In addition to Grand Valley State, winning these national championships were Winona State (Minn.) in men's basketball, Truman State (Mo.) in women's swimming, Drury (Mo.) in men's swimming, Lincoln (Mo.) in women's track and field, St. Augustine's (N.C.) in men's track and field and Nebraska Omaha in wrestling. Alaska Fairbanks won the championship in rifle. The highest Division II finish in the other National Collegiate sports were Wayne State (Mich.), 10th in fencing; Mercyhurst (Penn.) and Minnesota Duluth, fifth in women's ice hockey; and Alaska Anchorage, sixth in skiing.

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 14 sports -- seven women's and seven men's.

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