May 25, 2017
CLEVELAND – In the first set of Division I and NAIA spring Learfield Directors’ Cup standings, Stanford maintains its commanding lead with a total of 1194.25 points in Division I, while Oklahoma City leads NAIA with 746.50 total points.
Stanford captured the National Collegiate (NC) women’s water polo title to increase its lead to 268.75 points in Division I. Oklahoma City added a sixth place finish in the men’s golf championship to remain on top of the NAIA standings.
In Division I, Ohio State captured the NC men’s volleyball championship to remain in second place as the Buckeyes aim to close the gap on Stanford’s lead. In third place is Big Ten rival, Michigan, with 822.00 total points after a fifth place finish in NC women’s water polo. Not far behind in fourth place is another Big Ten school, Penn State, with 816.75 total points. The Nittany Lions added a fifth place finish in NC men’s volleyball in this week’s release. Rounding out the top five is USC with 798.50 total points after capturing the NC beach volleyball title and a third place finish in NC women’s water polo.
The Big Ten leads all Division I conferences in the top-10 with five institutions – Ohio State (2nd), Michigan (3rd), Penn State (4th), Wisconsin (7th) and Minnesota (10th).
In NAIA, Lindsey Wilson remains in second place with 692.00 total points after a second place finish in the women’s tennis championship and a fifth place finish in the men’s tennis championship. Making a 16-spot jump to third is Keiser with 557.25 total points, thanks in part to a pair of third place finishes in both the women’s and men’s tennis championships, and an eighth place finish in men’s golf. In fourth is Hastings with 532.00 points after a 17th place finish in both the women’s and men’s tennis tournaments. With a seventh place finish in the men’s golf championship, Wayland Baptist rounds out the top five with 516.50 total points.
The Sooner, Great Plains and Golden State lead all NAIA conferences in the top-10 with two institutions each – Oklahoma City (1st) and Wayland Baptist (5th) from the Sooner, Hastings (4th) and Morningside (7th) from the Great Plains, and Westmont (6th) and Biola (9th) from the Golden State.
The Learfield Directors’ Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today.
The next Division I and final NAIA spring standings will be released Thursday, June 8.
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 website at www.directorscup.org. In addition, please visit www.thedirectorscup.com, like us on Facebook at facebook.com/ldirectorscup or follow us on Twitter @ldirectorscup.
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