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Zacher, Polito to compete against dominant U.S. softball team; Wisconsin finishes 26th in Directors' Cup Standings

Two Badgers to compete against U.S. Olympic Team

Senior shortstop Kris Zacher and sophomore outfielder Samantha Polito will face the best of the best of the best in attempt to knock the U. S. Olympic softball team off its 155-game win streak in the next few weeks.

The Olympic team is competing in a series of exhibition games against teams from across the country in preparation for its trip to Athens in August for the 2004 Summer Olympics. Zacher is playing on the Midwest All-Stars squad—which also consists of players from Notre Dame, Purdue, Western Michigan, Indiana and Toledo—and will face the national team in a July 2 doubleheader in South Bend, Ind. Polito will compete July 15 in her native Stevens Point on a team of mostly Division III players from Wisconsin and the Midwest.

The U.S. National Team has dominated the sport from the get-go, winning the sport's first gold medal at the 1996 Olympics and its second in Sydney in 2000. The team not only boasts a 155-game win streak that dates back to May of 1996, but has outscored its opponents 1,191-17 during the win streak.

Wisconsin 26th in final Directors' Cup standings

Wisconsin athletics could not quite crack the top 25 in the final U.S. Sports Academy Division I Directors' Cup standings, which were released June 29 by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics. The Badgers finished No. 26 in the nation with 592.75 points.

The ranking is based on a school's finish in up to 10 men's and 10 women's sports throughout the year. Each team is awarded a certain number of points based on its performance, with the national champion receiving 100 points. Stanford won the cup for the 10th year running, this time with 1,337.25 points, while Michigan came in second with 1,226.25. Ohio State came in at No. 4 with 1,026.5 points, the only other Big Ten school to crack the top 10.

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