Two Titles Propel Penn State in Winter Division I LSDC Standings; the ACC with four Institutions in the Top 10
CLEVELAND (April 10, 2014) – Stanford builds its lead in the Division I Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup winter standings. The Cardinal finished second in women’s swimming & diving, third in women’s basketball, ninth in fencing, men’s basketball and men’s swimming & diving and 40th in wrestling. They now have 997.75 total points.
Penn State now occupies the second spot with 792 points after winning national championships in both fencing and wrestling. Penn State also placed ninth in women’s basketball, 17th in men’s swimming & diving and 18th in women’s swimming & diving.
Wisconsin cracks the top five and is in third place with 680 points. The Badgers reached the Final Four in men’s basketball, placed fifth in women’s ice hockey, 13 in women’s swimming & diving, 16th in wrestling and 33rd in men’s swimming & diving.
With 673.25 points, in fourth place, is Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish finished second in women’s basketball, sixth in fencing, 16th in women’s swimming & diving and 30th in men’s swimming & diving.
Rounding out the top five is North Carolina with 650 points. UNC finished fifth in women’s basketball, 17th in men’s basketball, 19th in both fencing and women’s swimming & diving, 25th in wrestling and 38th in men’s swimming & diving.
The ACC leads Division conferences with four institutions ranked in the top 10. Notre Dame is fourth, North Carolina is fifth, Duke is seventh and Florida State is eighth.
Eleven winter Division I championships have been completed with the following institutions capturing titles: 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 next Division I winter standings will be released Thursday, April 17, 2014.
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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