Notre Dame Finishes 11th In Sears Directors’ Cup Competition
NCAA Women’s Basketball Champions highlight the year for Irish sports.

June 22, 2001

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The University of Notre Dame matched its highest-ever finish in the Sears Directors’ Cup all-sports competition, with the Irish ending up 11th with 764.5 points in the final set of 2000-01 standings.

Spring sports points (298) came for the Irish from an NCAA semifinal appearance in men’s lacrosse (75 points), a 21st-place finish in men’s outdoor track and field (63 points), advancement to the final 16 in women’s tennis (50 points), a regional runnerup finish in softball (50 points), a second-round appearance in men’s tennis (30 points) and a regional runnerup finish in baseball (30 points).

Winter sports won Notre Dame 264.5 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 (1359 points) won the 2000-01 competition, followed by UCLA, Georgia, Michigan and Arizona.

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 final standings:

1. Stanford 1359, 2. UCLA 1138, 3. Georgia 890.5, 4. Michigan 864.5, 5. Arizona 863, 6. Ohio State 862, 7. Florida 847, 8. USC 817.5, 9. Arizona State 801, 10. Penn State 775.5, 11. Notre Dame 764.5, 12. California 761, 13. Nebraska 753, 14. Washington 748, 15. North Carolina 729.5.

Notre Dame’s 11th-place finish capped off an extraordinary year for Irish athletics in which the women’s basketball team claimed the NCAA title, the women’s soccer and men’s lacrosse teams advanced to the NCAA semifinals, four teams were ranked number one at some point during the season (women’s basketball, baseball, men’s fencing, women’s soccer) and 10 different sports achieved the highest rankings in the history of their programs.

Here’s a breakdown of Notre Dame’s NCAA success in 2000-01:

Football — 16th in final USA Today/ESPN poll Men’s Cross Country — 9th Women’s Soccer — tie for 3rd Volleyball — tie for 17th Women’s Basketball — NCAA champion Men’s Basketball — tie for 17th Fencing (combined M/W) — 3rd Women’s Swimming — 37th Women’s Indoor Track — 58th Baseball — tie for 17th Softball — tie for 9th Men’s Lacrosse — tie for 3rd Men’s Tennis — tie for 17th Women’s Tennis — tie for 9th

Men’s Outdoor Track — 21st