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Defending Champ Regains the Lead in the Sports Academy Directors' Cup Standings

April 7, 2005

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Cleveland, Ohio - In one of the closest races in the Division I Sports Academy Directors' Cup standings in years, defending champion Stanford University has taken the lead for the first time in the 2004-05 year.

With 699.75 points, Stanford moved up from second place. The Cardinal placed second in men's swimming, fifth in women's swimming, eighth in women's track and field, 11th in fencing, 13th in men's track and field and 37th in men's wrestling.

Michigan slid back into second place with 689.25 points, just 10.5 points behind the leader. The Wolverines placed second in men's wrestling, sixth in men's swimming, ninth in men's track and field, 13th in women's track and field and 14th in women's swimming. They are followed by Texas, in third with 543.25 points; Wisconsin, fourth with 528.75 points; and Notre Dame, in fifth with 490 points.

This is the second set of winter standings and includes the sports of fencing, rifle, skiing, women and men's swimming and track and field, women's ice hockey and men's wrestling. Winning these championships were Notre Dame in fencing, Army in rifle, Denver in skiing, Minnesota in women's ice hockey, Georgia in women's swimming, Auburn in men's swimming, Tennessee in women's track and field, Arkansas in men's track and field and Oklahoma State in men's wrestling.

The 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.