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April 26, 2002

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The University of Virginia intercollegiate athletic program is ranked 19th with 412 points in the final winter standings for the 2001-02 Division I Sears Directors’ Cup.

The standings are based on the completion of fall and winter intercollegiate athletic seasons. The final standings will be published upon completion of the spring sports seasons. Points are awarded based on each institution’s finish in up to 20 sports, 10 for men and 10 for women. Each national champion receives 100 points.

Five of Virginia’s winter athletic teams were involved in NCAA postseason competition. UVa’s men’s swimming and diving team finished 11th, the women’s swimming and diving team finished 12th, the women’s indoor track and field team was 37th, the wrestling team finished 45th and the women’s basketball team reached the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Stanford is ranked first in the final winter standings with 1,125 points followed by North Carolina (715), and Minnesota (659.5). North Carolina and Virginia are the only Atlantic Coast Conference schools ranked in the Top 25.

There are four Sears Directors’ Cup Awards, one to honor the institution with the best all-around athletic program in each of the NCAA’s Divisions I, II and III, and the NAIA.

Virginia finished 30th in last year’s Division I Sears Directors’ Cup rankings with 478.5 points. UVa has been ranked in the Top 30 in Sears Directors’ Cup standings in all eight years of the Directors’ Cup program’s existence. Virginia ranked 13th in 2000, eighth in 1999, 13th in 1998, 22nd in 1997, 21st in 1996, tied for 19th in 1995 and 19th in 1994.

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