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Williams Closes the Winter Season On Top of the Sports Academy Directors' Cup Standings

April 21, 2005

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Cleveland, Ohio - Defending champion Williams College (Mass.) completes the winter season in the lead for the Sports Academy Directors' Cup standings for Division III.

Williams posted 739.75 points, 142.25 points ahead of second place Wisconsin La Crosses. The Ephs placed fourth in women and men's swimming and women's track and field, 12th in men's wrestling and 14th in skiing.

Wisconsin La Crosse won the national championship in men's track and field and placed fourth in men's wrestling, 15th in women's swimming, 18th in women's track and field and 43rd in men's swimming to record 597.5 points. Rounding out the top five are Wisconsin Stevens Point, in third with 582.75 points; Washington (Mo.), in fourth with 508.75 points; and Middlebury (Vt.), in fifth with 499 points.

These are the final winter standings and includes the sports of fencing; skiing; women's and men's basketball, ice hockey, swimming and track and field; women's bowling and men's wrestling. In addition to Wisconsin La Crosse, winning these national championships were Millikin (Ill.) in women's basketball, Wisconsin Stevens Point in men's basketball, Middlebury in women and men's ice hockey, Emory (Ga.) in women's swimming, Kenyon in men's swimming, Wisconsin Oshkosh in women's track and field and Augsburg (Minn.) in men's wrestling. The highest Division III finishes in fencing, skiing and women's bowling, national collegiate sports, were New York in ninth, Middlebury (Vt.) in eighth and New Jersey City in fifth, respectively.

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 18 sports -- nine women's and nine men's.

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.