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North Dakota Closes In on Grand Valley State in the United States Sports Academy Directors'Cup Standings

April 8, 2004

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Cleveland, Ohio - Grand Valley State University (Mich.), the runner-up in 2001-02 and 2002-03, and the leader for most of the year in the United States Sports Academy Directors' Cup winter standings for Division II, is having its lead challenged by the University of North Dakota as the winter season comes to a close.

Grand Valley State placed 14th in women's swimming, 18th in men's track and field, 22nd in men's swimming and 36th in women's track and field to close out the season with 536 points.

Jumping from seventh to second place, with 496 points, just 40 points behind the leader, is North Dakota. They placed third in men's swimming, fifth in Division I men's ice hockey, seventh in women's swimming, ninth in women's basketball and 21st in women's track and field. They are followed by UC San Diego, in third with 473 points, Adams State (Colo.), fourth with 444 points; and California State Bakersfield, in fifth with 441.5 points.

These are final winter standings and includes the sports of fencing, skiing, women and men's basketball, swimming and track and field, and men's wrestling. Winning these national championships were California (Penn.) in women's basketball, Kennesaw State (Ga.) in men's basketball, Truman State in women's swimming, California State Bakersfield in men's swimming, Lincoln (Mo.) in women's track and field, Abilene Christian (Tex.) in men's track and field, and Nebraska Omaha in men's wrestling. The highest Division II finish in fencing and skiing, National Collegiate championships, were Wayne State (Mich.) in ninth and Alaska Anchorage in sixth respectively.

The United States 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 in its first year sponsoring the program. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 14 sports -- seven women's and seven men's. Each national champion receives 100 points.

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