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Less Than Five Points Separate Leaders in Final Winter Standings

April 6, 2006

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Cleveland, Ohio - Lindenwood University (Mo.) clings to a narrow 4.5 point lead as the winter season of U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cup for the NAIA comes to a close.

Lindenwood finished the winter championship season with 643 points. The Lions won the national title in men's track and field and were the runners-up in men's swimming and wrestling. They also placed third in Division II men's basketball and fourth in women's swimming and track and field.

Azusa Pacific (Calif.), which had trailed by 127.5 points added 123 points by placing fifth in Division I men's basketball and ninth in Division I women's basketball to finish the season with 638.5 points. The Cougars also placed fourth in men's track and field and sixth in women's track and field. Simon Fraser (B.C.) is third with 456 points, followed by Oklahoma Baptist, in fourth with 444.5 points; and Cedarville (Ohio), in fifth with 362 points.

This is the final winter standings and includes the sports of women and men's Division I and II basketball, swimming and track and men's wrestling. In addition to Lindenwood, winning these national championships were Union (Tenn.) in women's Division I basketball, Texas Wesleyan in men's Division I basketball, Hastings (Neb.) in women's Division II basketball, Ozarks (Mo.) in men's Division II basketball, California Baptist in women and men's swimming, Missouri Baptist in women's track and field and Dana (Neb.) in wrestling.

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 12 sports - six women's and six men's.

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