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Stanford Returns to the Top Spot

April 6, 2006

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Cleveland, Ohio - Eleven-time champion Stanford University, which has trailed most of the year, has regained the lead in the U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cup Division I standings.

With 621.5 points, the Cardinal hold a 47-point lead. They placed second in women's track and field, third in men's swimming, fifth in women's swimming, seventh in fencing, 37th in wrestling and 52nd in men's track and field.

The University of Texas jumped from fourth to second place, with 574.5 points. The Longhorns won the national title in women's track and field. They also placed fourth in men's swimming, fourth in men's track and field and eighth in women's swimming. They are followed by Penn State, in third with 546.25 points; Notre Dame, in fourth with 545 points; and Wisconsin, in fifth with 541 points.

This is the second set of winter standings and includes the sports of fencing, women's ice hocky, rifle, skiing, women and men's swimming, women and men's track and field and men's wrestling. In addition to Texas, winning these championships were Harvard in fencing, Wisconsin in women's ice hockey, Colorado in skiing, Auburn in women and men's swimming, 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.