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Stanford Closes In On Michigan In The United States Sports Academy Directors' Cup Standings



April 15, 2004

Cleveland, Ohio - Stanford University, eight time defending champion, has closed the gap on the University of Michigan, which has led in the United States Sports Academy Division I Directors' Cup standings the entire year, to less than 100 points.

Michigan has tallied 950 points by placing fifth in men's gymnastics, ice hockey, swimming and track and field, 10th in men's wrestling, 13th in women's swimming and 19th in women's track and field.

Stanford has closed the gap to 74.75 points. With 875.25 points, the Cardinal have placed second in men's swimming, fifth in women's basketball and swimming, seventh in men's gymnastics and women's track and field, 10th in fencing, 17th in men's basketball and 19th in men's track and field and wrestling. They are followed by Penn State, in third with 683 points; Ohio State, fourth with 593 points; and Florida in fifth with 593 points.

This is the third set of winter standings and includes the sports of fencing, skiing, men's gymnastics, ice hockey and wrestling and women and men's basketball, swimming and track and field. Winning these national championships were Connecticut in women and men's basketball, Ohio State in fencing, Penn State in men's gymnastics, Denver in men's ice hockey, New Mexico in skiing, Auburn (Ala.) in women and men's swimming, Louisiana State in women and men's track and field and Oklahoma State in men's wrestling.

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 20 sports - 10 women's and 10 men's. Each national champion receives 100 points.

Spring 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.