As if college sports fans needed more reason to root on their favorite schools this spring, the race for the Capital One Cup, awarded to the best men’s and women’s NCAA® Division I athletics programs in the country, is shaping up to be a photo finish.
With the winter standings for the 2011-2012 Capital One Cup recently released, a shakeup atop the standings has taken place with the North Carolina men and Stanford women now leading the charge to claim the trophies. Fresh off its Elite Eight appearance in the 2012 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship, North Carolina is in the top position on the leaderboard with Kentucky, Alabama and North Dakota State closely behind.
In the women’s standings, Stanford’s fourth-place finish in Swimming and Diving helped the Cardinal open a lead on conference rival UCLA. Stanford, the 2011 Capital One Cup champion, is looking for a repeat but must hold off Baylor, which is in second place thanks to its NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball National Championship.
With multiple championships remaining in the NCAA spring athletics season, many schools also have their sights on hoisting the Capital One Cup trophies, just as the Florida men and Stanford women did last year in dramatic races that came down to the last spring championships. Below are the current Top 10 Men’s and Women’s Cup standings.
This is the second year of the Capital One Cup. Schools earn points based on their teams’ Top 10 finishes in NCAA Division I championships and in final official coaches’ polls across 19 men’s and 20 women’s sports as they compete to win the Capital One Cup trophy and a combined $400,000 to fund scholarships for student-athletes.
The Capital One Cup winners will be determined at the end of the spring season and honored at the ESPY Awards in July.