Release courtesy of Julie Work, NACDA Director of Communications
CLEVELAND – In the final winter Division II Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings, Grand Valley State (Mich.) regained the first place position with 550.50 total points. The Lakers moved from second to first as they finished sixth in women’s swimming & diving and eighth in men’s swimming & diving.
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Maintaining their spot in second place is Grand Canyon (Ariz.) with 527.00 total points. The Lopes finished fifth in both men’s and women’s swimming & diving, 17th in women’s basketball and 33rd in men’s basketball.
Ashland (Ohio) is in third place with 492.50 total points. The Eagles finished in second in women’s basketball, seventh in women’s swimming & diving and 16th in men’s swimming & diving to hold their position.
In fourth place with 445.50 total points is Adams State (Colo.). The Grizzlies finished 33rd in men’s basketball and added 275.50 of their points this winter.
Augustana (S.D.) rounds out the top five with 404.50 total points. The Vikings finished 17th in women’s basketball and 33rd in men’s basketball. During the winter championships, the Vikings added 232.50 points to their fall total.
The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference placed two institutions in the top five, Grand Valley State (1st) and Ashland (3rd). Meanwhile, the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference placed three institutions in the top 10, Adams State (4th), Western State (8th) and Colorado School of Mines (9th).
All winter NCAA championships have been completed with the following institutions capturing titles: women’s track & field – Grand Valley State (Mich.); men’s track & field – Grand Canyon (Ariz.); wrestling – Nebraska Kearney; women’s basketball – Shaw (N.C.); men’s basketball – Western Washington; men’s swimming & diving – Drury (Mo.); women’s swimming – Wayne State (Mich.).
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 14 sports -- seven women’s and seven men’s.
The first Division II Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup spring standings will be published May 24.
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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