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Williams Retakes Lead in the Spring Standings

May 25, 2006

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Cleveland, Ohio - Defending champion Williams College (Mass.) has retaken the lead in the U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cup standings for Division III.

Williams, which had trailed the College of New Jersey by less than one point at the conclusion of the winter standings, now leads by 47.25 points. The Ephs boast 773.5 points and placed fourth in men's tennis and fifth in women's tennis.

New Jersey posts 726.25 points, having won the national championship in women's lacrosse. They are followed by Emory (Ga.), in third with 653 points; Middlebury (Vt.), in fourth with 576.5 points; and Washington (Mo.), in fifth with 504.5 points.

This is the first set of spring standings and includes the sports of women and men's golf and tennis; and women's lacrosse and water polo. In addition to New Jersey, winning these national championships were Methodist (N.C.) in women's golf, Nebraska Wesleyan in men's golf and Emory in women's and men's tennis. The highest Division III finish in women's water polo was Hartwick (N.Y.) in sixth place.

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 sponsoring. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 18 sports -- nine women's and nine men's.

Spring sports standings to date follow. Please note, standings published midseason are unofficial standings. Official standings will be published upon the completion of the spring season.