Notre Dame is Tied for 17th in Sears Directors’ Cup Standings

The latest standings include winter sports championships.

April 12, 1999

NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The University of Notre Dame stands tied for 17th (with Auburn, Indiana, Nebraska and Virginia) in the latest standings featuring winter sports championships in the Sears Directors’ Cup all-sports competition.

During the winter season the Irish produced a fourth consecutive runnerup finish in men’s and women’s fencing (80 points), a 28th-place finish in women’s swimming (20 points), a 33rd-place finish in men’s indoor track and field (20 points), a 33rd-place finish in women’s basketball (20 points based on advancing to a second round game) and a 47th-place finish in women’s indoor track and field (10 points) — giving Notre Dame 220 points.

During the fall season the Irish women’s soccer team reached the NCAA regional title game (40 points), the volleyball team reached the NCAA second round (20 points) and the football team finished 22nd in the final USA Today/ESPN poll (10 points).

Stanford (670 points) leads the competition, while Penn State (420 points) is second. An additional set of winter standings will be issued April 29.

The current standings include results from NCAA fall competition in women’s volleyball, men’s water polo, field hockey, I-A and I-AA football, men’s and women’s cross country and men’s and women’s soccer. The winter results to date include women’s and men’s basketball, hockey, fencing, rifle, skiing, women’s and men’s swimming, women’s and men’s track and field and men’s wrestling.

In the five 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 and 31st (tied) in 1997-98.