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Grand Valley Closes Winter Season on Top

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Cleveland, Ohio - Defending champion Grand Valley State (Mich.) finishes the winter championship season with a commanding 340 point lead in the U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cup Division II standings.

The winner for the last two years, the Lakers now boast 754.75 points. The national champion in women's basketball, Grand Valley State also placed fifth in women's track and field, 10th in men's track and field, 13th in women's swimming, 15th in men's swimming and 33rd in men's basketball.

Holding onto second place is Central Missouri State with 414.75 points, based on a fifth place finish in women's bowling, sixth in women's track and field, 10th in men's track and field and 17th in women's basketball, men's basketball and wrestling They are followed by Adams State (Colo.), third with 388 points; Nebraska Omaha, fourth with 372 points; and Abilene Christian (Tex.), in fifth with 367 points.

These are the final winter standings and include the sports of women and men's basketball, swimming and track and field, wrestling and the National Collegiate sports of fencing, rifle, skiing; and women's bowling, gymnastics and ice hockey. In addition to Grand Valley State, winning these national championships were Winona State (Minn.) in men's basketball, Truman State (Mo.) in women's swimming, Drury (Mo.) in men's swimming, Lincoln (Mo.) in women's track and field, St. Augustine's (N.C.) in men's track and field and Nebraska Omaha in wrestling. Alaska Fairbanks won the championship in rifle. The highest Division II finish in the other National Collegiate sports were Central Missouri State, fifth in women's bowling; Wayne State (Mich.), 10th in fencing; Texas Woman's, 37th in women's gymnastics; Mercyhurst (Penn.) and Minnesota Duluth, fifth in women's ice hockey; and Alaska Anchorage, sixth in skiing.

The U.S. 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.

Final winter standings follow. Please note, standings published midseason are unofficial standings. Official standings will be published upon the completion of the spring season.