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Defending Champion Opens the Spring Season in the Lead for the Sports Academy Directors' Cup Standings

May 26, 2005

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Cleveland, Ohio - Defending champion Grand Valley State University (Mich.) has opened the spring season with a commanding lead for the Sports Academy Directors' Cup standings for Division II.

Grand Valley State posted 748 points, 205 points ahead of the second place team. The Lakers placed second in women's golf, 17th in women's tennis, 21st in men's golf and 32nd in men's tennis.

In second place with 543 points, is Cal State Bakersfield, with a fourth place finish in men's golf. They are followed by Nebraska Omaha, in third with 529 points; North Dakota, in fourth with 511.5 points; and Minnesota State Mankato, in fifth with 487 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. Winning these national championships were Rollins (Fla.) in women's golf, South Carolina Aiken in men's golf, Armstrong Atlantic State (Ga.) in women's tennis, West Florida in men's tennis and Stonehill (Mass.) in women's lacrosse.

The 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 sponsor. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 14 sports -- seven women's and seven men's.

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 Friday, June 17.