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Stanford Controls the Top Spot in the Final Winter Division I Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Standings

April 23, 2009

Cleveland, Ohio – After leading all winter, Stanford remains in control of the final winter Division I Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings. The Cardinal now have a total of 1025.25 points after capturing the men’s gymnastics championship and finishing eighth in women’s gymnastics. Earlier this year Stanford placed third in both women’s basketball and men’s swimming, fourth in women’s swimming, ninth in fencing, 11th in men’s track and field , 12th in women’s track and field and 51st in men’s wrestling to lead all teams with 631.25 points this winter.

Minnesota moves up into second place with 776.25 points. The Gophers tallied an eighth place finish in men’s gymnastics and a 25th place in women’s gymnastics. Previously Minnesota finished 11th in both men’s and women’s swimming, 12th in women’s track and field, 14th in both men’s track and field and wrestling, 17th in women’s basketball and 33rd in men’s basketball.

Moving down one spot into third is North Carolina. The Tar Heels placed 25th in women’s gymnastics and previously captured the men’s basketball championship. North Carolina also finished 12th in women’s track and field, 17th in women’s basketball, 20th in both fencing and women’s swimming, 26th in men’s swimming, 41st in men’s track and field and 46th in men’s wrestling for 740.75 total points.

Michigan climbs up four spots into fourth after notching a second place finish in men’s gymnastics, ninth in men’s ice hockey and 13th place in women’s gymnastics for 715.30 total points. Previously the Wolverines tallied a seventh place finish in men’s swimming, 11th in both women’s track and field and men’s wrestling, 17th in men’s basketball, 24th in women’s swimming and 32nd in men’s track and field.

Also moving up into fifth place is Penn State with 702.00 points. The Nittany Lions finished seventh in men’s gymnastics, and ninth in women’s gymnastics, while previously capturing the fencing championship, placing 7th in women’s track and field, 17th in men’s wrestling, 32nd in men’s swimming, 38th in women’s swimming and 39th in men’s track and field.

Institutions capturing winter NCAA championships include: Penn State (fencing); Wisconsin (women’s ice hockey); West Virginia (rifle); Denver (skiing); California (women’s swimming); Tennessee (women’s indoor track and field); Oregon (men’s indoor track and field); and Iowa (men’s wrestling); Auburn (men’s swimming); North Carolina (men’s basketball); and Connecticut (women’s basketball); Nebraska (women’s bowling); Stanford (men’s gymnastics); Georgia (women’s gymnastics); and Boston University (men’s ice hockey).

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.

The first spring Division I standings will be released Thursday May 28, 2009.

Complete Division I Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Standings