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Defending Champion Closes the Winter Season on Top of the Sports Academy Directors' Cup Standings

April 21, 2005

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Cleveland, Ohio - Defending champion Grand Valley State University (Mich.) finishes the winter season in the lead for the Sports Academy Directors' Cup standings for Division II.

Grand Valley State posted 532.5 points with a fifth place finish in women's basketball, 14th in women's swimming, 16th in women's track and field and 18th in men's track and field.

Just 69.5 points behind, in second place, with 463 points, is Cal State Bakersfield, based on a second place finish in men's swimming, fourth in men's track and field, seventh in women's track and field, eighth in women's swimming, 22nd in men's wrestling and 33rd in women's basketball. They are followed by South Dakota, in third with 449.25 points; North Dakota, in fourth with 428 points; and Adams State (Colo.), fifth with 420 points.

These are the final winter standings and includes the sports of fencing; rifle; skiing; women and men's basketball, ice hockey, swimming and track and field; women's bowling; and men's wrestling. Winning these national championships were Washburn (Kan.) in women's basketball, Virginia Union in men's basketball, Truman State in women's swimming, Drury (Mo.) in men's swimming, St. Augustine's (N.C.) in women's track and field, Abilene Christian (Tex.) in men's track and field and Nebraska Omaha in men's wrestling. The highest Division II finish in fencing, rifle, skiing, women's bowling and women's and men's ice hockey, national collegiate sports, were Wayne State (Mich.), 10th in fencing; Alaska Fairbanks, fourth in rifle; Alaska Anchorage, seventh in skiing; Central Missouri State, second in women's bowling; Mercyhurst (Penn.) and Minnesota Duluth, fifth in women's ice hockey; and North Dakota, second in men's ice hockey.

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 14 sports -- seven women's and seven 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.