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May 8, 2003

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The University of Virginia intercollegiate athletic program is ranked 31st with 370 points in the final winter standings for the 2002-03 Division I Sears Directors’ Cup.

The standings are based on the completion of the 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.

Four of Virginia’s winter athletic teams earned points in the Sears Directors’ Cup standings. UVa’s men’s swimming and diving team finished 10th at the NCAA Championships, the women’s swimming and diving team finished 13th, the wrestling team finished 55th at the NCAA Championships and the women’s basketball team advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Stanford is ranked first in the final winter standings with 1,052.25 points followed by Penn State (871), Michigan (842.5), Ohio State (679.5) and Texas (668.5). Two other Atlantic Coast Conference schools are ranked in the top 31 of the standings. North Carolina is ranked eighth and Maryland is ranked 21st.

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 27th in last year’s Division I Sears Directors’ Cup rankings with 626.5 points. UVa has been ranked in the Top 30 in the Sears Directors’ Cup standings in all nine years of the Directors’ Cup program’s existence. Virginia ranked 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.

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