Stanford holds top spot Div I Directors’ Cup standings
CLEVELAND – Stanford remains in first place in the first spring Division I Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings with 1325.75 total points. The Cardinal captured the women’s water polo national championship, finished fifth in both men’s and women’s tennis and 24th in women’s golf.
Florida improved to second place with 1013.50 total points. The Gators won the women’s tennis national championship, finished third in women’s lacrosse, placed ninth in men’s tennis and 12th in women’s golf for 311.50 points this spring.
Now in third place, with 932.75 total points, is Ohio State. The Buckeyes finished fifth in men’s tennis and 22nd in women’s golf.
North Carolina sits in fourth place with 905.50 total points. The Tar Heels earned a fifth place finish in women’s lacrosse, ninth place finishes in men’s lacrosse, women’s tennis and men’s tennis and finished 10th in women’s golf.
Rounding out the top five is Penn State with 878.00 total points. The Nittany Lions finished third in men’s volleyball and finished fifth in women’s lacrosse.
Seven spring national championships have been completed with the following institutions capturing titles: women’s golf – Alabama; women’s lacrosse – Northwestern; men’s lacrosse – Loyola Maryland; women’s tennis – Florida; men’s tennis – Southern California; men’s volleyball – UC Irvine; women’s water polo – Stanford.
The ACC, Big Ten and Pac-12 each have three institutions in the top 10 – ACC (North Carolina – 4th, Duke 6th, Florida State 10th); Big Ten (Ohio State – 3rd, Penn State – 5th, Michigan – 8th); Pac-12 (Stanford – 1st, UCLA – 7th, Southern California – 9th).
The Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution’s finish in up to 20 sports — 10 women’s and 10 men’s.
The next spring Division I standings will be released June 14.