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May 31, 2012

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COLUMBUS, Ohio   – With seven spring NCAA championships completed, Ohio State currently sits in third in the first 2011-12 spring Division I Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup Standings. The Buckeyes (932.75) have the highest ranking among Big Ten Conference schools and rank behind first-place Stanford (1325.75) and second-place Florida (1013.50) nationally. Ohio State finished in the Top 25 nationally in men’s tennis and women’s golf so far this spring.

Led by 13th-year head coach Ty Tucker, the men’s tennis team advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals for the seventh-consecutive season, finishing fifth nationally with a 34-4 overall record. For the seventh-consecutive season, the Buckeyes concluded the regular season with an undefeated record in league play (11-0) to win their 10th regular-season crown in program history. With its performance in 2012, the men’s tennis team posted 74 points in the standings.

The women’s golf team made its 13th national appearance at the 2012 NCAA Championship under head coach Therese Hession, finishing 22nd overall to collect 52 points in the rankings.

The ACC, Big Tenand Pac-12each have three institutions in the top 10 – ACC (North Carolina – 4th, Duke 6th, Florida State 10th); Big Ten (Ohio State – 3rd, Penn State – 5th, Michigan – 8th); Pac-12 (Stanford – 1st, UCLA – 7th, Southern California – 9th).

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 spring Division I standings will be released June 14.