April 16, 2015
CLEVELAND -- Stanford extends its lead in the winter standings of the Division I Learfield Sports Directors' Cup after taking second place in men's gymnastics. They have 1026.50 total points, 481.50 points coming from winter sports.North Carolina remains in second place with 823.50 points, 389 points earned from winter sports. Penn State moves from fourth to third after earning third place in men's gymnastics. They now are three and a half points shy of second place, having 820 total points. The Badgers of Wisconsin remain in the top five, sitting in fourth place after a third place finish in women's ice hockey. They have 748.50 total points, 389 of those from winter sports. Concluding the top five is UCLA with 663 total points.
The ACC leads all conferences with four institutions in the top 10 --North Carolina (2nd), Notre Dame (8th), Florida State (9th) and Virginia (10th).
Fourteen winter Division I championships have been completed with the following institutions capturing titles: men's gymnastics -- Oklahoma; men's ice hockey -- Providence; women's bowling -- Nebraska; women's basketball -- Connecticut; men's basketball -- Duke; fencing -- Columbia; women's ice hockey -- Minnesota; women's swimming & diving -- California; men's swimming & diving -- Texas; wrestling -- Ohio State; rifle -- West Virginia; skiing -- Colorado; women's indoor track & field -- Arkansas; men's indoor track & field -- Oregon.
The final Division I winter standings will be released Thursday, April 23.
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.
Please note, standings published midseason are unofficial. Official standings will be published upon the completion of the spring season. Complete standings and the scoring structure can be found on NACDA's website at www.directorscup.org. In addition, please visit www.thedirectorscup.com, like us on Facebook at facebook.com/lsdirectorscup or follow us on Twitter @lsdirectorscup.
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