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Defending Champion Stanford Takes Over The Lead For the United States Sports Academy Directors' Cup Standings

May 27, 2004

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Cleveland, Ohio - Eight-time defending champion Stanford University has taken over the lead for the first time in the 2003-04 United States Sports Academy Division I Directors' Cup standings.

With 1,021.5 points, the Cardinal hold a 3.25 point lead over the former leader, the University of Michigan. Stanford opened the spring season with a 12th place finish in women's golf. The Wolverines follow with 1,018.25 points and have yet to score in the spring championships.

They are followed by Penn State, in third with 735.5 points; UCLA, fourth with 733.75 points; and Ohio State in fifth with 727.5 points.

This is the first set of spring standings and include the sports of women's golf and lacrosse. Winning these national championships were UCLA in women's golf and Virginia in women's lacrosse.

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 20 sports - 10 women's and 10 men's. Each national champion receives 100 points.

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. The next update will be published June 11, with the final standings to be issued upon the completion of the College World Series.