Stanford Holds Lead Atop Division I Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Standings; Big Ten Keeps Four Institutions in Top 10
CLEVELAND – Stanford remains in first place in the winter Division I Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Standings with 876.75 total points. In the most recent NCAA Championships scored, the Cardinal finished third in women’s basketball and men’s swimming & diving and 10th in fencing.
Ohio State jumped up to second place with 707.00 total points. The Buckeyes captured the fencing national championship, finished third in men’s basketball, 12th in men’s swimming & diving and 33rd in women’s basketball.
In third place, with 655.50 total points, is Penn State. The Nittany Lions increased their position with a fifth place finish in fencing, ninth place in women’s basketball and 17th place in men’s swimming & diving.
Just behind in fourth place with 626.50 total points is Florida State. The Seminoles finished 16th in men’s swimming & diving and 17th in men’s basketball.
Rounding out the top five is Florida with 612.00 total points. The Gators earned a fifth place finish in men’s basketball and finished eighth in men’s swimming & diving and 17th in women’s basketball.
Eleven of 15 winter championships have been completed with the following institutions capturing titles: men’s swimming & diving – California; men’s basketball – Kentucky; women’s basketball – Baylor (Tex.) women’s ice hockey (national collegiate) – Minnesota; fencing (national collegiate) – Ohio State; rifle (national collegiate) – Texas Christian; skiing (national collegiate) – Vermont; women’s swimming & diving – California; women’s track & field – Oregon; men’s track & field – Florida; wrestling – Penn State.
The Big Ten has four institutions in the top 10 – Ohio State (2nd), Penn State (3rd), Wisconsin (7th) and Michigan (10th).
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 final winter Division I standings will be released Thursday, April 19.
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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