National Title Boosts Florida in Final Winter Division I LSDC Standings; Big Ten with Five Institutions in the Top 10
CLEVELAND (April 24, 2014) – Stanford maintains its lead in the final winter standings for the Division I Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup. The Cardinal finished seventh in women’s gymnastics and end the winter with 1,151 total points.
Penn State remains in second place with 924.25 points after placing seventh in women’s gymnastics. Florida moves into third place with 727 points. The Gators won a split national championship in women’s gymnastics. With 718.25 points, in fourth place, is Michigan. The Wolverines finished seventh in women’s gymnastics. Rounding out the top five is Wisconsin with 705 total points.
The Big Ten finishes the winter outpacing the other Division I conferences with five institutions ranked in the top 10. Penn State is second, Michigan is third, Wisconsin is fourth, Minnesota is seventh and Nebraska is ninth.
Fifteen winter Division I championships have been completed with the following institutions capturing titles: women’s gymnastics – Florida & Oklahoma; men’s gymnastics – Michigan; men’s ice hockey – Union (NY) (DIII); women’s bowling – Sam Houston State; women’s basketball – Connecticut; men’s basketball – Connecticut; fencing – Penn State; women’s ice hockey – Clarkson (DIII); women’s swimming & diving – Georgia; men’s swimming & diving – California; rifle – West Virginia; skiing – Denver; women’s indoor track & field – Oregon; men’s indoor track & field – Oregon; wrestling – Penn State.
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 — ten women’s and ten men’s.
The first Division I spring standings will be released Thursday, May 29.
Please note, standings published midseason are unofficial. Official standings will be published upon the completion of the fall season. Complete standings and the scoring structure can be found on NACDA’s website at www.directorscup.org. In addition, please visit www.thedirectorscup.com, like us on Facebook at facebook.com/lsdirectorscup or follow us on Twitter @lsdirectorscup.
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