COLUMBUS, Ohio – Behind a winter-high 430 points, Ohio State has moved into second place in the 2009-10 Learfield Director’ Cup standings. The Buckeyes finished in the Top 25 nationally in fencing, wrestling, men’s basketball, men’s swimming, women’s basketball and women’s swimming and now have 703 points overall, 89 behind leader Stanford.
Ohio State leads a group of five Big Ten Conference programs ranked in the Top 25, including Penn State (4th), Minnesota (7th), Wisconsin (11th) and Michigan State (18th).
The Buckeye fencing team led the way, earning 80 points after a fourth place finish while the Ohio State wrestling team picked up 70.5 points with an eighth place finish. Men’s basketball brought in 64 points after their Sweet 16 run and men’s swimming earned 69 points with a ninth place finish. Women’s basketball and women’s swimming rounded out the Ohio State teams in the Top 25 with 50 and 51.5 points, respectively.
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 14 sports — seven women’s and seven men’s.
The final Division I winter standings will be released Thursday, April 29, 2010.