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Stanford Controls the Top Spot in the Final Winter Division I U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cup Standings

April 30, 2008

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Cleveland, Ohio - After leading all winter, Stanford remains in control of the top spot in the final winter Division I U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cup standings. The Cardinal now have a total of 1082.00 points after recently notching second and third place finishes in men's and women's gymnastics, respectively. Earlier this winter, Stanford finished runner-up in women's basketball, captured third in men's swimming and women's swimming, fifth in women's indoor track and field, seventh in men's indoor track and field, eighth in fencing, ninth in men's basketball and 19th in wrestling, to lead all teams with 767.00 points scored this season.

Jumping nine spots from the previous standings is Michigan, who is now in second place with 780.00 points. The Wolverines tallied a third place finish in men's ice hockey and sixth in men's gymnastics, as well as eighth in women's gymnastics to move ahead nine spots. Michigan has also placed third women's indoor track and field, sixth in men's swimming, seventh in wrestling, ninth in women's swimming and 44th in men's indoor track and field.

Also moving up in the standings is Penn State, who climbed one spot to third place with a total of 762.00 points. The Nittany Lions notched a fourth place finish in men's gymnastics and finished 13th in women's gymnastics to have a total of 459.00 points this winter. PSU previously finished third in wrestling, fourth in fencing, 15th in women's indoor track and field, 23rd in men's swimming and 29th in women's swimming.

Less than two points separate fourth and fifth place, as Ohio State is in fourth with 703.75 and California is fifth with 702.00 points. The Buckeyes moved up one spot after placing seventh in men's gymnastics and 13th in women's gymnastics. OSU also placed first in fencing, second in wrestling, 15th in women's swimming, 16th in men's swimming, 33rd in women's basketball, 39th in women's indoor track and field and 57th in men's indoor track and field, this winter.



Completing the top-five is California, who has a total of 332.00 points this winter. The Bears have placed in six winter championships, notching a fourth place finish in men's swimming, fifth in women's swimming and men's gymnastics, 17th in women's basketball, 34th in women's indoor track and field, and 57th in men's indoor track and field.

NCAA Championship winners this winter include Boston College in men's ice hockey, Kansas in men's basketball, Tennessee in women's basketball, Arizona in men's and women's swimming, Arizona State in men's and women's indoor track and field and Iowa in wrestling.

In the most recent National Collegiate championships, Oklahoma earned the men's gymnastics title, Georgia captured first in women's gymnastics and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore earned the bowling championship. In earlier collegiate championships, Denver took home the skiing title and Ohio State was the fencing champion. Wisconsin had the highest Division I finish in women's ice hockey, second, and Army had the top Division I finish in rifle, runner-up.

The first NCAA Division I spring release will be published on May 29 and will include men's volleyball, women's golf, men's and women's lacrosse and men's and women's tennis as well as the national collegiate sport of women's water polo.

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's sponsor. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 20 sports - 10 women's and 10 men's.

Please note, standings published midseason are unofficial. Official standings will be published upon the completion of the spring season. Complete standings and the scoring structure can be found on NACDA's Web site.