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Stanford to Win an Unprecedented 11th Consecutive Sports Academy Directors' Cup

June 17, 2005

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Lake Buena Vista, Florida - Stanford University will continue its record winning streak in the Sports Academy Directors' Cup competition for the NCAA Division I. With only baseball remaining, Stanford has secured its 11th consecutive award, presented annually by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), United States Sports Academy and USA TODAY to the best overall collegiate athletics programs in the country.

The 2004-05 Sports Academy Directors' Cup winners were announced at NACDA's 40th Anniversary Convention in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, and the four winning institutions -- one in each of the NCAA Divisions (I, II, and III), and the NAIA -- were awarded with their Sports Academy Directors' Cups. Although the Division I race will not conclude until late June, after the conclusion of the NCAA College World Series, Stanford has already clinched the Sports Academy Directors' Cup.

The Cardinal current have a total of 1,209.25 points (to date), surpassing runner-up UCLA by 135.25 points. Stanford won its 11th straight Directors' Cup with national championships in women's volleyball and women's tennis and was the runner-up in men's water polo and men's swimming. The Cardinal placed eight additional teams in the top 10.

Stanford teams placing in the top 10 were women's cross country (5th), women's basketball (5th), women's swimming (5th), women's outdoor track and field (5th), men's cross country (6th), men's gymnastics (7th), men's indoor track and field (7th) and softball (9th). The Cardinal recorded points in the maximum of 10 women's and 10 men's sports. Stanford averaged 60 points per sport.

Developed as a joint effort between USA TODAY and NACDA, the United States Sports Academy Directors' Cup program is the only all-sports competition that recognizes the institution in each of the four categories with the best overall athletics program.

Currently in second place is UCLA with 1,074 points, with national titles in women and men's water polo and men's tennis and runner-up finishes in women's soccer and golf and men's volleyball. Rounding out the current top five are the University of Michigan in third with 1,039.25 points, Duke University in fourth with 1,021.25 points and the University of Texas in fifth with 975 points.

While Stanford won the Sports Academy Directors' Cup for NCAA Division I competition, the 2004-05 winners in the other categories include: Division II - Grand Valley State University (Mich.); Division III - Williams College (Mass.); and NAIA - Azusa Pacific University (Calif).

Final standings will be published June 29 following the conclusion of the College World Series.