CLEVELAND – Stanford remains in first place in the first spring Division I Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings with 1325.75 total points. The Cardinal captured the women’s water polo national championship, finished fifth in both men’s and women’s tennis and 24th in women’s golf.
Florida improved to second place with 1013.50 total points. The Gators won the women’s tennis national championship, finished third in women’s lacrosse, placed ninth in men’s tennis and 12th in women’s golf for 311.50 points this spring.
Now in third place, with 932.75 total points, is Ohio State. The Buckeyes finished fifth in men’s tennis and 22nd in women’s golf.
North Carolina sits in fourth place with 905.50 total points. The Tar Heels earned a fifth place finish in women’s lacrosse, ninth place finishes in men’s lacrosse, women’s tennis and men’s tennis and finished 10th in women’s golf.
Rounding out the top five is Penn State with 878.00 total points. The Nittany Lions finished third in men’s volleyball and finished fifth in women’s lacrosse.
Seven spring national championships have been completed with the following institutions capturing titles: women’s golf – Alabama; women’s lacrosse – Northwestern; men’s lacrosse – Loyola Maryland; women’s tennis – Florida; men’s tennis – Southern California; men’s volleyball – UC Irvine; women’s water polo – Stanford.
The ACC, Big Ten and Pac-12 each have three institutions in the top 10 – ACC (North Carolina - 4th, Duke 6th, Florida State 10th); Big Ten (Ohio State - 3rd, Penn State - 5th, Michigan - 8th); Pac-12 (Stanford - 1st, UCLA - 7th, Southern California - 9th).
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 next spring Division I standings will be released June 14.
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.
About Learfield Sports: The 2011-12 athletics season marks its fourth year as title partner of the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup. A preeminent leader in the collegiate sports marketplace for nearly four decades, Learfield Sports manages the multimedia rights for more than 50 collegiate properties, including flagship Mizzou, which it has represented since 1975. An operating unit of Learfield Communications, the company also operates regional and statewide radio networks, provides exclusive sports programming to more than 1,000 radio stations nationwide and creates nearly 7,000 radio game broadcasts and coaches’ shows each year. These ever-expanding, collegiate relationships also feature comprehensive corporate sponsorship platforms, official university publications, Internet, digital media, hospitality and game-day events. To learn more about Learfield Sports’ expertise, its history and complete collegiate portfolio, visit www.learfieldsports.com.
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