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Irish sit in 20th in latest rankings

Special to the Observer | Monday, March 22, 2004

Notre Dame stands 20th in the first set of winter sports standings released in the 2003-04 United State 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 52 points for Notre Dame based on a 21st-place finish in the NCAA women’s indoor track and field championship. The Irish earned 199 points in fall competition 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) and their NCAA first-round women’s volleyball appearance (25 points). Michigan (611.5 points) leads the competition thanks to seven top-10 finishes so far in fall and winter sports while UCLA is second, followed by Stanford and BYU. 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. Additional winter sport standings updates will be released April 1, 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. Current standings: 1. Michigan 611.5 2. UCLA 436.75 3. Stanford 414.25 4. BYU 369.25 5. Florida 364.5 6. Colorado 356 7. Washington 316.5 8. Nebraska 305 9. North Carolina 302.5 10. LSU 300 11. Penn State 295.5 12. Connecticut 280.5 13. Arkansas 278.5 14. Maryland 275 15. Florida State 274 16. Wisconsin 268.75 17. Villanova 261 18. Georgia 256 19. Northern Arizona 251.5 20. NOTRE DAME 251.