Big Ten Conference with four Institutions in the Top 10; Stanford Holds the Lead in Final Winter Division I LSDC Standings
CLEVELAND – In the final winter Division I Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings, defending champion Stanford sustains the lead. The Cardinal earned a fifth place finish in women’s gymnastics and now have 1101.50 total points, 556.50 points coming from winter sports.
Penn State jumps into second place with 859 points after a 31st place finish in women’s gymnastics. North Carolina remains in the top five and moves into third with 823.50 total points. The Badgers of Wisconsin remain in fourth with 748.50 total points. After a 7th place finish in women’s gymnastics, UCLA completes the top five with 731.25 total points.
For the first time this season, the Big Ten leads all conferences with four institutions in the top 10 –Penn State (2nd), Wisconsin (4th), Ohio State (6th) and Minnesota (10th).
All winter Division I championships have been completed with the following institutions capturing titles: women’s gymnastics – Florida; men’s gymnastics – Oklahoma; men’s ice hockey – Providence; women’s bowling – Nebraska; women’s basketball – Connecticut; men’s basketball – Duke; fencing – Columbia; women’s ice hockey – Minnesota; women’s swimming & diving – California; men’s swimming & diving – Texas; wrestling – Ohio State; rifle – West Virginia; skiing – Colorado; women’s indoor track & field – Arkansas; men’s indoor track & field – Oregon.
The first Division I spring standings will be released Thursday, May 28.
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.
Please note, standings published midseason are unofficial. Official standings will be published upon the completion of the spring 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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