Gophers rank 15th in latest Directors’ Cup standings

by Andrew Krammer

The University of Minnesota's athletics department remains among the top-15 in the nation despite having only one sport contribute points to the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup first spring standings, which were released Thursday.

The Directors' Cup ranks schools based on their finishes at national championships. Minnesota currently ranks 15th out of 346 Division-I programs in the NCAA. It is fourth in the Big Ten, trailing Ohio State (3rd), Penn State (5th) and Michigan (8th).

The Gophers finished in sixth place in the final winter standings, which were released April 26. The first spring standings added points for women's golf, men's and women's lacrosse, women's water polo, men's volleyball, and men's and women's tennis.

Minnesota's men's and women's tennis teams, which each placed 33rd nationally, earned the Gophers a combined 50 points to add to their 711 points for the year. Stanford leads all schools with more than 1,325 points.

Minnesota failed to earn points in women's golf, which missed the NCAA championships.

The Gophers' ranking is buoyed by winter sports like women's hockey, which won the NCAA title, and wrestling, which finished second nationally.