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Stanford Wins Record Tenth Academy Directors' Cup Competition

June 29, 2004

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Cleveland, Ohio - Stanford University continued its record winning streak in the United States Sports Academy Directors' Cup competition for the NCAA Division I by winning its 10th 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 Cardinal won with 1337.25 points, surpassing runner-up University of Michigan by 111 points. Stanford won its 10th straight Directors' Cup with national championships in women's tennis and women and men's cross country and was the runner-up in men's swimming. The Cardinal placed eight additional teams in the top 10.

Stanford teams placing in the top 10 were women's gymnastics (3rd), softball (3rd) women's basketball (5th), women's swimming and diving (5th), men's tennis (5th); women's outdoor track and field (6th), men's gymnastics (7th), women's volleyball (9th) and fencing (10th). The Cardinal recorded points in the maximum of 10 women's and 10 men's sports. Stanford averaged 67 points per sport.

Runner-up Michigan scored in 10 women's and eight men's sports for a total of 1226.25. The Wolverines had 14 teams place in the top 10, led by third place finishes in field hockey and women's rowing.

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.

Completing the top five were UCLA, in third with 1178.75 points; Ohio State, fourth with 1026.5; and Georgia, in fifth with 1005.25.

Of the 327 eligible colleges and universities in the NCAA Division I, a total of 278 (85 percent) scored points in the United States Sports Academy Directors' Cup competition.