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Stanford Increases Lead in Division I

June 1, 2006

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Cleveland, Ohio - Eleven-time champion Stanford University has increased its lead in the U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cup Division I standings, holding a 185 point margin over UCLA.

The Cardinal boast 1044.375 points. They won the national title in women's tennis and placed third in women's water polo, fifth in men's tennis, ninth in women's lacrosse, 11th in women's rowing and 13th in women's golf. However, Stanford does not receive points for women's lacrosse or rowing as the Cardinal have already scored in the Directors' Cup maximum of 10 women's sports.

UCLA follows with 859.375 points. The Bruins won the national title in men's volleyball and women's water polo. They also placed fifth in men's tennis, ninth in women's tennis and 11th in women's golf. They are followed by Texas, in third with 822 points; Notre Dame, in fourth with 798 points; and Florida, in fifth with 796 points.

This is the first set of spring standings and includes the sports of women and men's lacrosse and tennis; women's golf, rowing and water polo; and men's volleyball. In addition to Stanford and UCLA, winning these championships were Duke in women's golf, Northwestern (Ill.) in women's lacrosse, Virginia in men's lacrosse, California in women's rowing and Pepperdine (Calif.) in men's tennis.

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 sponsor. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 20 sports - 10 women's and 10 men's.

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