Clemson ranked in Top 10 in Capital One Cup Standings
McLEAN, Va. (July 6, 2017) – The race for the 2016-2017 Capital One® Cup draws to an exciting close today as the two winning athletics programs secure history-making victories. The Ohio State University men’s athletics program and the Stanford University women’s athletics program have finished first in the final standings, as announced today by Capital One (NYSE: COF), an official NCAA® Corporate Champion. The Buckeyes, who previously peaked at No. 3 in the men’s standings, are setting a university record as first-time Capital One Cup winners, while this victory for the Cardinal marks its fourth Women’s trophy – the most wins of any athletics program in Capital One Cup history.
Currently in its seventh year, the Capital One Cup recognizes NCAA Division I athletics programs for their cumulative on-field performance across multiple men’s and women’s sports. Since 2011, Capital One has contributed $2.8 million in student-athlete scholarships. In recognition of this outstanding achievement in 2017, the Ohio State men and Stanford women will receive a combined $400,000 in student-athlete scholarships and will be honored at The 25th ESPYS live on ABC Wednesday, July 12, at 8 p.m. ET from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
No stranger to the men’s top 10, the Buckeyes’ first-time road to No. 1 was paved with strong competition, as Stanford – the 2016 Men’s Capital One Cup champion – maintained the lead in the fall and winter seasons. Creating a shift in the spring, the Buckeyes secured the national title in men’s volleyball, followed by a top 10 finish in tennis. As the race began to heat up, it was the Buckeyes’ run in men’s lacrosse that ultimately sealed the deal. Earning an additional 36 Capital One Cup points from their second-place finish, the Buckeyes held off Florida and North Carolina to take the No. 1 spot.
The Stanford women captured the lead in the fall, and proved themselves unstoppable in pursuit of their record fourth Capital One Cup win. Achieving NCAA titles in women’s volleyball, swimming and diving, and water polo, along with nine additional top-10 finishes, the Cardinal remained at the top of the women’s standings throughout the fall, winter and spring seasons, earning an all-time record setting total of 175.5 Capital One Cup points. Coming in behind Stanford are two previous Capital One Cup winners – USC (No. 2), the 2016 Women’s Capital One Cup champion, and Florida (No. 3), which took home the Women’s Capital One Cup in 2014.
“It is a banner day for our men’s athletics program and our university as a whole,” said Ohio State University Athletic Director Gene Smith. “Each year, our student-athletes work hard to put forth their best performances and we’re pleased to see their efforts recognized with this honor. We will proudly display our Capital One Cup trophy on the University’s shelves, and we would like to thank Capital One for investing in our student-athletes.”
“We can’t express enough the pride we feel as our women’s athletics program brings home its fourth Capital One Cup victory,” said Stanford University Jaquish & Kenninger Athletics Director Bernard Muir. “It is a result of hard work, dedication, and sacrifice that the women student-athletes of Stanford have earned the most Capital One Cup wins in program history. Each and every student-athlete in this program should be proud of the remarkable legacy they are building for themselves and for our institution.”
Below are the official Capital One Cup standings for the 2016 – 2017 spring athletics season with the top 10 point earners (including ties) listed in men’s and women’s athletics. The complete final standings can be found at www.CapitalOneCup.com.