SAINT LEO, Fla. – Saint Leo University checked in at No. 24 in the first Winter update of the 2016-17 Division II Learfield Directors' Cup standings, which were unveiled Thursday morning by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA).
Saint Leo received 66.50 points from its participation in the NCAA Division II Swimming & Diving Championships. Combined with the 171.00 points earned in the Fall sports seasons, the Lions have 237.50 points in the Directors' Cup standings.
Men's and women's swimming and diving, men's and women's indoor track and field, wrestling, skiing, and rifle were the NCAA championships included in Thursday's points update.
The Lions continue to hold the highest ranking of any Sunshine State Conference program in the Directors' Cup standings. The University of Tampa is the nearest SSC rival in the standings; the Spartans are No. 27 in the standings with 228.00 points. Florida Southern is ranked No. 29 with 224.00 points, followed by Nova Southeastern at No. 35 with 190.00 points.
Florida Tech is No. 77 in the Directors' Cup race with 126.00 points, while Lynn checks in at No. 89 with 113.00 points. Barry University (No. 135, 64.00 points) and Rollins College (No. 148, 50.00 points) round out the list of SSC institutions in the Learfield Directors' Cup standings.
A provisional Sunshine State Conference institution, Palm Beach Atlantic University, stands at No. 65 with 147.00 points.
Grand Valley State (Mich.) the Directors' Cup standings in the first Winter update with 651.50 points, with Queens University (N.C.) ranked second with 428.50 points. Colorado School of Mines (425.50) and Wingate (423.00) are close behind Queens in third and fourth place respectively, while Adams State (Colo.) is fifth with 400.00 points.
The Learfield Cup 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 NCAA Championships. The Directors' Cup Committee is reviewing the scoring structure for 2016-17 which will be finalized prior to the winter sports standings.
The next Directors' Cup standings update is scheduled for Thursday, March 30, 2017, and will include points from the Division II men's and women's basketball championships.
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