With the final standings set to be released after the 2014 baseball College World Series, the winner of the 2013-14 Division I Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Standings has already been determined with Stanford claiming its unprecedented 20th consecutive award as the top intercollegiate athletic department in the nation.
Honors were announced during the annual National Association of Collegiate Directors of America conference in Orlando, Fla. In a nod to the unique success attained by its students in athletics and academics, Stanford elected to have a student-athlete accept the 20th award on behalf of the University.
Lexie Ross, a senior human biology major and member of Stanford's NCAA national champion women's water polo team, accepted the Cup and spoke at the awards luncheon.
Ross is the first student-athlete to represent her school during the awards lunch.
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.
With baseball and track & field national champions still to be determined, Stanford already owns 1,479 total points, well ahead of second place Notre Dame, which currently has 1,102.75. Florida is currently in third with 1099.5 points.
Stanford has had five scores omitted already due to the 10 maximum allowed for women's and men's sports -- men's cross country, men's tennis, women's golf, women's lacrosse and wrestling.
Stanford extended its streak of seasons with at least one NCAA title to an astounding 38 straight in 2013-14 thanks to women's water polo, which posted a 25-1 record including wins in its final 16 matches of the year.
Stanford boasts top-10 national finishes in 18 sports so far this season (men's basketball 9, women's basketball 3, fencing 9, football 10, men's golf 3, men's gymnastics 3, women's gymnastics 7, women's rowing 4, men's soccer 9, women's soccer 9, men's swimming & diving 9, women's swimming & diving 2, women's tennis 3, women's indoor track & field 7, men's volleyball 2, women's volleyball 5, men's water polo 3, women's water polo 1).
Stanford has eclipsed the 1,500-point mark twice in the Directors' Cup standings, scoring 1,550.25 points during the 2010-11 season and 1,508.5 points in 2009-10.
Stanford has 124 all-time team national championships including 105 in NCAA sports. The Cardinal boasts 504 individual national champions all-time. Additionally, 151 Stanford student-athletes have earned NCAA postgraduate scholarships and 12 Rhodes Scholarships.
The final Division I spring standings will be released after the College World Series.