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Grand Valley State Increases Its Lead In the United States Sports Academy Directors' Cup Standings

May 20, 2004

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Cleveland, Ohio - Grand Valley State University (Mich.), the runner-up in 2001-02 and 2002-03, and the leader for most of the year in the United States Sports Academy Directors' Cup standings for Division II, has increased its lead to 90 points as the spring championship season begins.

Grand Valley State scored in four of five sports completed thus far, placing sixth in women's golf, ninth in softball, 31st in men's golf and 33rd in women's tennis to post 737.5 points. Moving into second place with 647 points is UC San Diego. They placed ninth in men's tennis, 15th in men's golf and 17th in women's tennis. They are followed by Truman State (Mo.), in third with 540.5 points; North Dakota, fourth with 521 points; and North Dakota State, in fifth with 488.5 points.

This is the first set of spring standings and includes the sports of softball and women and men's golf and tennis. Winning these national championships were Rollins (Fla.) in women's golf; South Carolina Aiken in men's golf; Angelo State (Tex.) in softball, Brigham Young Hawaii in women's tennis and West Florida in men's tennis.

The United States 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 in its first year sponsoring the program. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 14 sports -- seven women's and seven men's. Each national champion receives 100 points.

Spring sports standings to date follow. Please note, standings published midseason are unofficial standings. Final, official standings will be published upon the completion of the spring season, on June 11.