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Stanford wins 18th straight Learfield Sports Directors' Cup

The College World Series has yet to be completed, but that won't change the 2011-12 Division I Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Standings, as far as Stanford is concerned.

For the 18th straight year, Stanford has the top athletics program in the nation.

The Cardinal compiled 1384.25 total points by placing sixth place in women's track & field, ninth in women's rowing, 17th in softball, 18th in men's track & field and 19th in men's golf. Stanford scored in 25 sports, with the lowest-scoring five women's sports omitted due to the maximum of 10 allowed.

Stanford will be recognized at the NACDA Convention in Dallas, Texas at the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup luncheon Tuesday, June 26.

With the College World Series still to be accounted for, Florida is in second place with 1241.00 points, Ohio State is third with 1104.25 points, UCLA is fourth with 1064.75 and Texas is fifth with 1032.50 points.

The Pac-12 placed four institutions in the top 10: Stanford (1st), UCLA (4th), USC (6th) and California (7th).

The Learfield Sports 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 up to 20 sports -- 10 women's and 10 men's.

The final Division I standings will be released June 27, 28 or 29 at the conclusion of the CWS.

Rowing

Stanford alum Silas Stafford ('08) punched his ticket to the 2012 Olympic Games in London on Thursday, teaming with Tom Peszek to win the men's pair (M2-) final at the U.S. Olympic Trials on Mercer Lake in Windsor, N.J.

It will be Stafford's first Olympic Games, and he becomes the third Stanford Men's Rowing alumnus to earn a spot in London. David Banks ('05) and Jake Cornelius ('05) qualified with the U.S. men's eight (8+) at the Olympic Qualification Regatta on May 22.

"This is a tremendous day for Silas and his family," said Stanford men's rowing head coach Craig Amerkhanian. "Silas worked extremely hard and his faith was revealed through his excellence. Silas joins David Banks and Jake Cornelius as Stanford Men's Rowing alumni heading to London."

At Mercer Lake, Stafford and Peszek earned the U.S. men's pair bid following a four-second victory in Thursday's final. The USRowing Training Center/Oklahoma City boat of Stafford and Peszek crossed the line in a time of 7:14.988, just over four seconds ahead of USRowing Training Center crew Michael Gennaro and Robert Otto, the 2011 Pan-American Games men's pair champions.

Olympic men's pair competition begins July 28, the opening day for rowing competition in London.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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Posted by Arch Conservative
a resident of Menlo Park
on Jun 15, 2012 at 10:36 am

Thank goodness for the Stanford women in sports. Otherwise, there would not have been 18 straight Sear's/Learfield Cups. Congratulations to the entire Stanford sport's program.
It was, is and always be a team effort. Scholar-Athletes in the finest sense of the word. Wonderful "kids" and coaches. And by far, the smallest college/university number-wise in the top ten. And Cal,at #7, didn't do badly at all either. Exposition High and Wildweed
also placed well above the average.


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