April 28, 2005
The University of Notre Dame stands in
14th place in the final set of winter sports standings released in
the 2004-05 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
The current standing comes after the Irish finished the fall
seasons in first place -- marking the first time in the 12-year
history of the program that Notre Dame ranked number one. The
previous highest ranking for the Irish had been second in the
2004-05 second set of fall standings.
Winter competition netted Notre Dame 203 points --- based on
its NCAA combined men's and women's championship in fencing (50
points), a 24th-place NCAA finish in women's swimming (49.5 points),
a 20th-place NCAA finish in men's indoor track and field (53.5
points) and a second-round NCAA appearance in women's basketball (50
Fall NCAA competition earned the Irish 337 points based on their
NCAA title in women's soccer (100 points), their fourth-place finish
in women's cross country (80 points), their 11th-place finish in
men's cross country (57 points) and their second-round NCAA
appearances in both men's soccer and volleyball (50 points each).
Stanford (875 points) is first, thanks to its NCAA title in
women's volleyball and a runnerup finish in men's swimming. Michigan
(856.25) is second, highlighted by an NCAA runnerup finish in
wrestling, a quarterfinal appearance in field hockey, a fifth-place
finish in women's gymnastics and sixth-place finishes in women's
cross country and men's gymnastics.
The current standings include results from NCAA fall
competition in football, volleyball, field hockey, water polo, men's
and women's cross country, and men's and women's soccer - and from
winter competition in men's and women's basketball, women's bowling,
fencing, rifle, skiing, men's and women's gymnastics, men's and
women's ice hockey, men's and women's swimming, men's and women's
indoor track and field, and wrestling.
The first set of spring standings will be available on June
2, with a second set to follow on June 17 and the final overall
standings slated for release on June 29.
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, tied
for 13th in 2002-03 and 19th in 2003-04.
Here are the current standings:
1.Stanford 875, 2.Michigan 856.25, 3.North Carolina 655,
4.Wisconsin 626.75, 5.Texas 618.25, 6.Minnesota 595.75, 7.Florida
575.25, 8.Ohio State 572, 9.Duke 564.5, 10.UCLA 560.5, 11.Tennessee
552.25, 12.Arizona State 545.25, 13.Georgia 543, 14.Notre Dame 540,