Notre Dame 11th In Sears Directors’ Cup
Fighting Irish teams have compiled 466.5 points in the all-sports competition.

April 12, 2001

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The University of Notre Dame stands 11th in the latest set of standings released in the 2000-01 Sears Directors’ Cup all-sports competition, with 466.5 points.

Winter sports won Notre Dame points based on its NCAA championship in women’s basketball (100 points), a tie for 17th in men’s basketball (30 points, based on advancement to the second round), a third-place finish in fencing (80 points, based on the men’s and women’s combined championship), a 37th place in women’s swimming (31 points) and a 58th place in women’s indoor track and field (23.5 points).

Fall NCAA competition earned the Irish 202 points based on their ninth-place finish in men’s cross country (59 points), their national semifinal appearance in women’s soccer (75), their second-round finish in volleyball (30 points) and their 16th-place finish in the final USA Today/ESPN college football poll (38 points).

Stanford (781.5 points) leads the competition, followed by Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio State and Penn State.

The current standings include results from NCAA fall competition in field hockey, men’s and women’s cross country, men?s and women?s soccer, volleyball, water polo and football — and winter competition in men’s and women’s basketball, fencing, men’s gymnastics, men’s and women’s ice hockey, rifle, skiing, men’s and women’s swimming, men’s and women’s indoor track and field and wrestling.

In previous years in which the Sears Directors’ Cup competition has been held, Notre Dame has finished 11th in 1993-94, 30th in 1994-95, 11th in 1995-96, 14th in 1996-97, tied for 31st in 1997-98, 25th in 1998-99 and 21st in 1999-2000.

Here are the current standings:

1. Stanford 781.5, 2. Wisconsin 641.5, 3. Michigan 595.5, 4. Ohio State 568.5, 5. Penn State 561.5, 6. Nebraska 535.5, 7. Arizona 529.5, 8 North Carolina 514, 9. UCLA 500.5, 10. Florida 482, 11. Notre Dame 466.5, 12. Texas 447.5, 13. Oklahoma 419.5, 14. Colorado 408, 15. Indiana 407.5.

The next set of standings (the final set to include all winter sports) will be issued April 24.