Stanford Remains in Lead in Second Winter Division I Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Standings|
April 9, 2009
Cleveland, Ohio – After two top-five finishes in women’s basketball and men’s swimming, Stanford extended its lead in the second installment of the winter Division I Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings. The Cardinal have now scored a total of 854.75 points earning 460.75 points this winter alone, the most of any institution.
North Carolina moves up two spots in the standings to second place with a total of 694.25 points. The Tar Heels captured the men’s basketball title and finished 17th in women’s basketball and 26th in men’s swimming.
Third place belongs to Minnesota who moves down from second. The Gophers scored in all three of the most recent championships; finishing 11th in men’s swimming, 17th in women’s basketball and 33rd in men’s basketball to bring their point total to 683.75.
Jumping back into the top-five for the first time this winter is Florida. The Gators notched a fifth place finish in the men’s swimming championships and also finished 17th in women’s basketball, bringing their point total to 615.75.
Rounding out the top-five is California. The Golden Bears jumped into the top-five for the first time this year, up from their previous 8th place standing. California tallied two top-10 finishes, placing fourth in men’s swimming, ninth in women’s basketball, and 33rd in men’s basketball.
Institutions capturing winter NCAA championships to date include: Penn State (Fencing); Wisconsin (Women’s ice hockey); West Virginia (Rifle); Denver (Skiing); California (Women’s swimming); Tennessee (Women’s indoor track and field); Oregon (Men’s indoor track and field); and Iowa (Men’s wrestling); Oregon (Men’s Swimming); North Carolina (Men’s Basketball); and Connecticut (Women’s Basketball).
The Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 20 sports -- 10 women’s and 10 men’s.
The final Winter Division I standings will be released Thursday April 23, 2009.