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Irish Now 13th in Directors' Cup Standings

April 5, 2004

NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The University of Notre Dame stands 13th in the second set of winter sports standings released in the 2003-04 United States Sports Academy Division I Directors’ Cup all-sports competition sponsored by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (formerly known as Sears Directors’ Cup).

Winter competition so far has meant 186 points for Notre Dame based on NCAA championship finishes in fencing (3rd place, 85 points), women’s track and field (21st, 52 points) and women’s swimming and diving (25th, 49 points).

Fall NCAA competition earned the Irish 199 points based on their 10th-place finish in the NCAA women’s cross country championships (60 points), their second-round appearance in NCAA women’s soccer (50 points), their third-round NCAA appearance in men’s soccer (64 points, highest total ever in that sport for Notre Dame) and their NCAA first-round women’s volleyball appearance (25 points).

Michigan (817 points) leads the competition thanks to 10 top-10 finishes so far in fall and winter sports. Second is Stanford, followed by Florida, Penn State and UCLA.

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, women’s volleyball and I-A and I-AA football, plus winter results from skiing and men’s and women’s indoor track and field, fencing, men’s and women’s swimming and wrestling.

Additional winter sport standings updates will be released April 15 and 22.

In previous years in which the 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, 21st in 1999-2000, 11th in 2000-01, 13th in 2001-02 and tied for 13th in 2002-03.

Here are the current standings:

1.Michigan 817, 2.Stanford 701.75, 3.Florida 518, 4.Penn State 510, 5.UCLA 508.75, 6.Ohio State 502, 7.North Carolina 453, 8.Wisconsin 438.75, 9.Georgia 413.5, 10.LSU 403, 11.Texas 400.75, 12.Indiana 395.5, 13.Notre Dame 385, 14.Minnesota 381.5, 15.Nebraska 380.