Final DI Winter Learfield Directors’ Cup Standings Released
CLEVELAND –The winter season concludes and look ahead to spring championships begin, Stanford maintains its commanding lead over 2nd place. The Cardinal have accumulated 1,102.50 total points, the only school to reach or exceed the 1,000 point mark thus far. The Cardinal placed 2nd in men’s gymnastics and 7th in women’s gymnastics for this set of standings.
Ohio State holds onto its 2nd place position heading into the spring. The Buckeyes have a total of 868 points, with 596 of those points coming in the winter season. In this set of standings, the Buckeyes placed 3rd in men’s gymnastics and 25th in women’s gymnastics.
Michigan continues to occupy the 3rd spot with 782.50 total points. Like the Cardinal and the Buckeyes, the Wolverines were able to place in both men’s and women’s gymnastics. The Maize and Blue came in 7th in men’s gymnastics and 13th in women’s gymnastics.
Jumping into the top-five is another Big Ten member, Minnesota. The Gophers jumped from 8th place last week to 4th place heading into the spring. The Gophers have a total of 718.25 points and were able to place in the top-10 in men’s and women’s gymnastics, 6th and 7th, respectively.
Concluding the top-five is yet another Big Ten member, the Nittany Lions of Penn State. The Nittany Lions head to the spring with a total of 667.50 points. Their 5th place finish in men’s gymnastics and 25th place finish in women’s gymnastics helped move them up 5 spots from last week.
The Big Ten leads all Division I conferences in the top-10 with four institutions, all coming in the top-five – Ohio State (2nd), Michigan (3rd), Minnesota (4th) and Penn State (5th).
Congratulations to all of the winter national champions; WBSKB – UCONN, MBB – Villanova, W. Bowl – Stephen F. Austin, Fencing – Columbia, W. Gym. – Oklahoma, M. Gym. – Oklahoma, W. IHoc. – Minnesota, M. IHoc. – North Dakota, Rifle – West Virginia, Skiing – Denver, W. Swim. – Georgia, M. Swim. – Texas, W. In. T&F – Oregon, M. In. T&F – Oregon, M. WR. – Penn State.
The Learfield 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 in Division I – 10 men’s and 10 women’s.
The first set of Division I spring standings will be released Thursday, June 2, which will include men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s tennis, women’s water polo, men’s volleyball and women’s beach volleyball.
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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