Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

Division I and NAIA Learfield Directors’ Cup Standings Released

CLEVELAND (May 24, 2018) – In the first set of Division I and NAIA spring Learfield Directors’ Cup standings, Stanford maintains its commanding lead with a total of 1194.00 points in Division I, while Lindsey Wilson leads NAIA with 779.50 total points.

Stanford was the National Collegiate (NC) women’s water polo runner-up, increasing its lead to 252.50 points in Division I. Lindsey Wilson added two top 10 finishes in women’s and men’s tennis, third and ninth respectively, to remain on top of the NAIA standings.

In Division I, Michigan jumps to second place with 941.50 total points after a fifth place finish in NC women’s water polo. Penn State drops to third place with 889.25 total points. Not far behind in fourth place is another Big Ten school, Ohio State, with 885.75 total points. The Buckeyes added a third place finish in NC men’s volleyball. Returning to the top five for the first time since the fall final is UCLA with 876.00 total points after capturing the NC beach volleyball title, a second place finish in NC men’s volleyball and a third place finish in NC women’s water polo.

The Big Ten leads all Division I conferences with four institutions in the top-10 – Michigan (2nd), Penn State (3rd), Ohio State (4th) and Minnesota (9th).

In NAIA, Oklahoma City is in second place with 724.25 total points after capturing the men’s golf title. Wayland Baptist remains in third place with 659.00 total points after an eighth place finish in men’s golf. Making a 12-spot jump to fourth is Keiser with 657.00 total points, thanks in part to finishing as the runner-up in both women’s and men’s tennis, as well as a fifth place finish in men’s golf. Northwestern (IA) rounds out the top five with 577.50 total points after finishing 18th in men’s golf.

The Great Plains leads all NAIA conferences with three institutions in the top-10 – Northwestern (IA) (5th), Morningside (7th) and Hastings (10th).

The next Division I and final NAIA spring standings will be released Thursday, June 7.

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 NCAA Championships. To review the updated scoring changes for the 2017-18 year, please click here.

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/ldirectorscup or follow us on Twitter @ldirectorscup.

About Learfield: An industry leader for more than four decades, Learfield has a deep presence in the college athletics landscape nationwide. It manages the multimedia and sponsorship rights for nearly 130 collegiate institutions, conferences and arenas, and supports athletic department’s at all competitive levels as title sponsor of the prestigious Learfield Directors’ Cup for 10 years. Learfield also provides its collegiate partners access to professional concessions and ticket sales; branding, licensing and trademark consulting; digital and social platform expertise; campus-wide business and sponsorship development; and venue and technology systems through its affiliated companies.

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