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Williams College Wins Ninth Sports Academy Directors' Cup in Last Ten Years

June 17, 2005

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Lake Buena Vista, Florida - Williams College (Mass.) defended its title as the best athletics program in NCAA Division III competition by winning its ninth Sports Academy Directors' Cup, the prestigious 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.

Williams College won its ninth Sports Academy Directors' Cup in the last 10 years and topped the 1,000-point mark for the third consecutive year. The Ephs recorded 1,068.25 points, 168.25 points ahead of runner-up Middlebury University (Vt.).

Williams was the national champion in women's cross country. Eleven additional teams recorded top 10 finishes: women's swimming (4th), women's indoor track and field (4th), men's swimming and diving (4th), women's volleyball (5th), women's rowing (5th), men's soccer (5th), men's tennis (5th), softball (7th), women's field hockey (9th) and women's tennis (9th). The Ephs also placed 11th in men's outdoor track and field, 12th in wrestling, 14th in skiing, 17th in women's soccer and 22nd in men's golf. Williams scored in eight men's and the maximum of nine women's sports.

Developed as a joint effort between USA TODAY and NACDA, the 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.

Completing the year in second place was Middlebury University (Vt.) with 900 points. They won national titles in women and men's ice hockey and placed second in women's cross country, field hockey, men's lacrosse and men's tennis; third in women's lacrosse; fourth in women's tennis; eighth in skiing; ninth in women's soccer and swimming; 14th in women's outdoor track and field; and 21st in men's swimming.

Rounding out the top five were Washington University (Mo.), in third place with 675.75 points; Trinity University (Tex.), in fourth with 672 points; and the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point, in fifth place with 646.75 points.

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