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Virginia Finishes 13th In Directors' Cup Rankings

VIRGINIASPORTSDOTCOM Virginia ranked 13th in the final 2004-05 Division I United States Sports Academy Directors' Cup standings.
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Virginia ranked 13th in the final 2004-05 Division I United States Sports Academy Directors' Cup standings.
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June 29, 2005

CLEVELAND, Ohio - The University of Virginia intercollegiate athletics program ranked 13th in the final 2004-05 Division I United States Sports Academy Directors' Cup standings. Virginia has finished in the Top 30 each year in the 12-year history of the Directors' Cup program.

Virginia finished 13th among NCAA Division I schools with 808.5 points based on the combined performances of men's and women's sports during the 2004-05 academic year. The 13th-place finish ties for the second highest finish by the Virginia athletics program. UVa finished eighth in 1999, and finished 13th in 2000 and 1998.

Stanford finished first in the NCAA Division I standings for the 11th consecutive year, winning the United States Sports Academy Directors' Cup with a total of 1,238.75 points. Texas finished second in the standings with 1,074 points followed by UCLA (1,067), Michigan (1,064.25) and Duke (1,021.25).

There are four United States Sports Academy Directors' Cup Awards, one to honor the institution with the best overall athletics program in each of the NCAA's Divisions I, II and III, and the NAIA. Grand Valley State University (Division II), Williams College (Division III) and Azusa Pacific University (NAIA) received the other Directors' Cup Awards. Developed as a joint effort between USA Today and the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), the United States Sports Academy's Directors' Cup program is the only all-sports competition that recognizes the institution in each of the four categories with the best overall athletics program.

UVa was the top Division I program in the state of Virginia in the Directors' Cup standings and one of three Atlantic Coast Conference schools to finish in the Top 15. Duke finished fifth (1,021.25 points) and North Carolina ninth (940.5 points).

In 2004-05, teams or individuals in 19 sports represented Virginia in post-season competition. Five UVa teams won ACC championships and two teams finished second in national championship competition. The women's rowing team finished second as a team at the NCAA Championships and two Virginia boats, the second varsity eight and the varsity four, won NCAA Championships. The women's lacrosse team finished second in the NCAA Tournament and the men's lacrosse team reached the semifinals of the NCAA Tournament.

Virginia finished 30th in the 2004 Directors' Cup standings, 19th in 2003, 27th in 2002, 30th in 2001, 13th in 2000, eighth in 1999, 13th in 1998, 22nd in 1997, 21st in 1996, tied for 19th in 1995 and 19th in 1994.

The Top 25 schools and their point totals follow:

1. Stanford (1,238.75) 2. Texas (1,074) 3. UCLA (1,067) 4. Michigan (1,064.25) 5. Duke (1,021.25) 6. Florida (979.25) 7. Georgia (970) 8. Tennessee (960.25) 9. North Carolina (940.5) 10. Southern California (902.25) 11. Arizona State (838.25) 12. Ohio State (834.25) 13. Virginia (808.5) 14. Washington (797.25) 15. California (792.5) 16. Notre Dame (788) 17. Auburn (781) 18. Arizona (739) 19. Wisconsin (686.75) 20. Penn State (657.25) 21. Nebraska (649.25) 22. Minnesota (622.75) 23. LSU (614.5) 24. Oklahoma (571.25) 25. Baylor (570.5)