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Michigan Crosses 1,000 Point Mark at the End of the Winter Season for the United States Sports Academy Directors' Cup Standings

April 22, 2004

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Cleveland, Ohio - The University of Michigan, which has led the entire year, has crossed the 1,000-point mark as the winter season comes to a close in the United States Sports Academy Division I Directors' Cup standings.

The Wolverines posted 1,018.25 points and added a ninth place showing in women's gymnastics worth 68.25 points to close out the winter season. They also placed 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.

Eight-time defending champion Stanford remains in second and has closed the gap to 60.5 points. With 957.75 points, the Cardinal have placed second in men's swimming, third in women's gymnastics, 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 735.5 points; Florida, fourth with 668 points; and Ohio State in fifth with 657 points.

These are the final winter standings and include the sports of fencing, skiing, ice hockey and wrestling and women and men's basketball, gymnastics, swimming and track and field. Winning these national championships were Connecticut in women and men's basketball, Ohio State in fencing, UCLA in women's gymnastics, 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.

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.