COLUMBUS, Ohio – On the strength of a national championship in fencing, national runner-up in wrestling and a Top 15 NCAA finish by women’s diving, Ohio State has jumped to third place in the March 27 update of the 2007-08 Division I U.S. Sports Academy Directors’ Cup standings.
The Buckeyes moved up 15 spots from an 18th-place standing in the last Director’s Cup update in the fall. Ohio State, now with 506 points, trails only first-place Stanford (668) and Big Ten rival Penn State (572.5).
“I am extremely proud of our teams’ performances this winter,” Gene Smith, Ohio State Director of Athletics, said. “The Directors’ Cup is a true measure of success across the board in collegiate athletics and it is our goal at Ohio State to rank in the Top 5 in the country in all sports.
“Our student-athletes have worked hard to achieve great success in both the fall and winter seasons and we hope to continue to climb in the standings as we compete in the spring.”
Ohio State received the maximum 100 points from fencing for its national title won in Columbus March 16th. Wrestling contributed 90 points with its second-place team score at the NCAA championships last Saturday. Women’s diving chipped in 60 points for placing 15th on the national stage last week in Columbus. The men’s and women’s track and field teams totaled 48 points at the 2008 Indoor NCAA Championships ON March 14-15.
In the last month, five Buckeyes have been crowned individual national champions. Seth Berglee, a junior from Billings, Mont., and Teresa Meyer, a senior from Dearborn, Mich., won individual national titles for the pistol team. In diving, Chelsea Davis, a junior from Columbus, won the national title in the three-meter event with teammate Bianca Alvarez, a freshman from Miami, Fla., taking second.
Last Saturday, wrestler J Jaggers, a junior from Northfield, Ohio, won the individual national title at 141 pounds as did teammate Mike Pucillo, a 184-pound sophomore from Cuyahoga, Ohio. J.D. Bergman, a senior from Oak Harbor, Ohio, took runner-up at heavyweight.
To view the complete 2007-08 Division I U.S. Sports Academy Directors’ Cup updated standings, visit NACDA.com.