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Williams Holds Onto Big Lead in The United States Sports Academy Directors' Cup Standings

April 8, 2004

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Cleveland, Ohio - Seven-time champion Williams College (Mass.) has led in the Division III United States Sports Academy Directors' Cup standings since May 2002 and continues to maintain a large lead.

The Ephs close the winter season with 821.25 points and a 91.25 point lead. The runner-up in men's basketball, Williams also placed fourth in women's swimming, sixth in men's swimming, 12th in women's track and field, 13th in skiing and men's wrestling and 32nd in men's track and field.

In second place with 730 points is Wisconsin Stevens Point, led by its championship in men's basketball, along with third place in women's track and field, fourth in women's basketball, sixth in men's track and field, ninth in men's wrestling, 13th in men's swimming and 35th in women's swimming. Rounding out the top five are New Jersey, in third with 623.75 points; Wisconsin La Crosse, in fourth with 621 points; and Amherst, in fifth with 486.5 points.

These are the final winter standings and includes the sports of women and men's basketball, swimming and track and field; and fencing, skiing and men's wrestling. In addition to Wisconsin Stevens Points, winning these national championships were Wilmington (Ohio) in women's basketball, Kenyon (Ohio) in women and men's swimming, Wisconsin Oshkosh in women's track and field, Wisconsin La Crosse in men's track and field and Wartburg (Iowa) in men's wrestling. The highest Division III finish in fencing and skiing, National Collegiate sports, were 17th by Brandeis (Me.) and seventh by Middlebury (Vt.) 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 18 sports -- nine women's and nine 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.