Minnesota Climbs To Sixth In Directors' Cup

The Gophers hockey team led the University of Minnesota's surge into sixth place in the 2004-05 Sports Academy Directors' Cup heading into the spring season. The competition measures institutions' performances in NCAA championships.

The University of Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletics Department moved into sixth place in the 2004-05 Sports Academy Directors' Cup following the final standings for the winter championship season. The sixth-place ranking is the department's highest in the cup standings since a seventh-place overall finish in the final 2001-02 standings. The Directors' Cup awards points based on team finishes in NCAA championships, with each institution counting a maximum of 10 men's sports and 10 women's sports during the course of a full academic year.

Minnesota earned points in nine NCAA championships during the winter season, highlighted by the 83 points the men's hockey team earned for reaching the NCAA Frozen Four. Wrestling earned the second highest point total with 75 following its fifth-place national finish. Men's swimming gained 66 points for an 11th-place NCAA finish, while women's basketball added 64 points following its third consecutive trip the Sweet Sixteen. Women's hockey was awarded 50 points for its second consecutive national championship. Other sports contributing points during the winter season included men's indoor track & field and men's and women's gymnastics.

The Gophers improved 31 spots during the winter season after finishing 37th in the final fall Directors' Cup standings. The Gophers earned points in two fall championships, with volleyball placing second in the nation and men's cross country claiming an 18th-place finish.

Stanford currently leads the cup standings with 875 points, followed by Michigan (856.25), North Carolina (655), Wisconsin (626.75) and Texas (618.25). The Gophers currently have 595.75 points heading into the spring season. Other Big Ten institutions in the top 25 include Ohio State (8th), Penn State (16th), Indiana (22nd), Illinois (23rd) and Michigan State (25th).

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