April 7, 2016

COLUMBUS, Ohio – In the second set of winter Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings, Ohio State has climbed to second behind a second-place finish in fencing and a ninth-place finish in women’s basketball.

Stanford currently leads the standings followed by Ohio State, Michigan, North Carolina and Texas.

The Buckeye fencing team earned six medals and finished in the Top 5 at the NCAA Championships for the 15th consecutive year. Maximilien Chastanet won the men’s foil title Eleanore Harvey placed first in women’s foil. Marc-Antoine Blais Belanger claimed second place in epee competition and Lewis Weiss finished in third place. In addition, Eugenia Falqui earned a third-place finish in women’s epee while Alanna Goldie placed third in women’s foil.

The Ohio State women’s basketball team advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 paced by first team All-American Kelsey Mitchell, who averaged 26.1 points per game and broke her own single-season scoring record with 889 points.

The points earned by the fencing and women’s basketball team are in addition to a third-place wrestling finish and a seventh-place spot earned by the rifle team.

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 next Division I winter standings will be released April 14.