Eleven Clemson Athletic Teams Have Top 25 Rankings

Eleven Clemson Athletic Teams Have Top 25 Rankings

April 13, 2001

Clemson, SC – Eleven Clemson athletic teams currently have top 25 national rankings. The list includes six teams that have finished their 2000-01 season and five who are currently competing.

The list was enhanced this week when the Clemson women’s rowing team moved into the top 25 for the first time in its history. Susie Lueck’s team is currently 15th in the nation.

The highest ranked active sport is the Clemson golf team, which is third in the nation in the latest MasterCard Collegiate Golf rankings. Larry Penley’s team has been ranked in the top three in the nation in every poll this year.

The Tiger baseball team is ranked 17th in the nation by Collegiate Baseball and Baseball America. Both Clemson outdoor track teams are ranked in the top 10 in the nation in the latest power rankings. The Lady Tigers are 7th, while the men are eighth.

Earlier this year, the Clemson football team finished 15th in the final USA Today Coaches poll and 16th by Associated Press. Both soccer teams had final top 10 rankings, as the the Lady Tigers were fifth and the men finished eighth.

In the winter, the Clemson women’s track team finished third at the NCAA meet, its best indoor track finish in history. Bob Pollock’s men’s team won the ACC indoor championship and finished 20th at the national meet. Jim Davis and the Lady Tiger basketball team had a 22nd final ranking in Associated Press and USA today.

If the teams currently in season hold their rankings it would give Clemson 11 top 25 teams and six top 10 teams for the 2000-01 academic year. Clemson has not had 11 top 25 teams in the same academic year since 1991-92 when it had a record 13 teams ranked in the final top 25. Clemson has not had six top 10 teams since 1982-83 when it had a record eight squads in the final top 10 of their respective sport.

These rankings should contribute to a high finish in the Sears Cup, the national all-sports rankings. Clemson’s highest finish in the Sears Poll is 16th in 1993-94. Clemson had a number-three final ranking in the Knoxville Journal All-Sports Ranking in 1979-80, its highest finish ever in any all-sports ranking.

Clemson National Rankings In 2000-01

Football 15
Men’s Soccer 8
Women’s Soccer 5
Men’s Indoor Track 20
Women’s Indoor Track 3
Women’s Basketball 22
*Golf 3
*Women’s Outdoor Track 7
*Men’s Outdoor Track 8
*Rowing 15
*Baseball 17
*Seasons still in progress