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July 9, 2004

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The University of Virginia intercollegiate athletics program ranked 30th in the final 2003-04 Division I United States Sports Academy Directors’ Cup standings. Virginia has finished in the Top 30 each year in the 11-year history of the Directors’ Cup program.

UVa finished 30th among NCAA Division I schools with 577 points based on the combined performances of men’s and women’s sports during the 2003-04 academic year. Stanford finished first in the NCAA Division I standings for the tenth consecutive year, winning the United States Sports Academy Directors’ Cup with a total of 1,337.3 points. A total of 278 of the 327 eligible NCAA Division I colleges and universities earned points in the Directors’ Cup competition.

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 Simon Frazier 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 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 five Atlantic Coast Conference schools to finish in the Top 30. North Carolina finished seventh (925 points), Duke 18th (706.5 points), Florida State 22nd (623 points), Maryland 24th (599 points) and Virginia 30th (577 points).

Teams or individuals in 15 sports represented Virginia in post-season competition during the 2003-04 athletic year. UVa’s women’s lacrosse team won the NCAA Championship and the women’s rowing team’s varsity four crew won the NCAA Championship in that competition. The Cavaliers also won a school-record six Atlantic Coast Conference Championships.

Virginia finished 19th in the 2003 Directors’ Cup standings, 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.

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