Stanford’s women’s athletics program is the winner of the inaugural Capital One Cup.
The school will be formally honored at the ESPY Awards televised by ESPN on July 13. At that time, the Capital One Cup trophy will be presented with a $200,000 donation to fund student-athlete graduate-level scholarships.
Launched in 2010, the Capital One Cup honors NCAA Division I athletics programs for their cumulative on-field performance across multiple men’s and women’s sports. Capital One Financial Corporation, an official NCAA Corporate Champion, sponsors the award.
“Our university is very proud of our athletics program, and we are pleased that our women’s sports have achieved first place in the Capital One Cup,” said Stanford Director of Athletics Bob Bowlsby. “Thank you to Capital One and its affiliated companies for their support of collegiate athletics.”
Highlighted by second-place finishes in soccer, tennis and rowing, the Cardinal women’s athletics program earned a total of 121 points in the race for the Capital One Cup to hold off runner-up Texas A&M, which charged up the standings this spring to finish nine points behind.
The competition went down to the wire. The Aggies earned 40 points for their first-place finish at the track and field championships, the final NCAA Division I women’s championship of the season, while the Cardinal finished tied for eighth and earned six points.
“We’d like to congratulate Stanford University for winning the inaugural Capital One Cup,” said Capital One Chief Marketing Officer Bill McDonald. “The competition was fierce and all the teams fought until the very end, but the Stanford Cardinal prevailed through their excellence and consistency, earning six top five finishes and scoring points in nine of the 13 sports represented in the Capital One Cup.
A second-place finish in women's tennis helped Stanford win the Capital One Cup for women.
“Stanford’s performance this season is the true embodiment of what the Capital One Cup stands for and they have set the bar high for future Capital One Cup winners.”
Stanford showed consistency in various sports by earning points in soccer, volleyball, basketball, swimming and diving, lacrosse, softball, rowing, tennis, and outdoor track and field. Texas A&M earned 112 cumulative points across the fall, winter and spring seasons as a result of national championships in basketball and outdoor track and field, and points in golf, indoor track and field, and swimming. Rounding out the top five were California, Florida and Notre Dame.
Highlights from the Capital One Cup during 2010-11 included:
The Capital One Cup men’s winning athletics program will be announced after the conclusion of the NCAA College World Series in late June. The current men’s standings and the full women’s final standings can be found at CapitalOneCup.com/standings as well as at Facebook.com/CapitalOneCup.