Stanford wins sixth Capital One Cup for women's sports


Highlighted by NCAA championships in volleyball, swimming and diving, water polo and tennis, Stanford has captured its record sixth women's Capital One Cup.

The Capital One Cup is awarded each year to the nation's top men's and women's NCAA Division I athletics programs. The winners are determined by a system that grants points to top-10 finishes in NCAA Division I championships and in final official coaches' polls across 21 women's and 20 men's sports.

This year's victory marks the Stanford women's third consecutive trophy and sixth overall in nine years of the Capital One Cup program. The Cardinal finished with 183 points in the competition's scoring system, topping second-place UCLA by 61 points.

Bolstered by NCAA titles in gymnastics and golf, the Cardinal men finished second (88 points) behind Virginia (127 points).

Along with the trophy, Stanford and Virginia will be awarded a combined $400,000 in student-athlete scholarships on behalf of Capital One and honored at The ESPYS on Wednesday.

Tami Alade, a two-time AVCA All-American, CoSIDA Academic All-American and the 2018 Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year in women's volleyball, represents Stanford at the ceremony inside Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

"We are extremely proud to accept this year's Capital One Cup on behalf of our women's programs," said Stanford's Director of Athletics Bernard Muir. "The 2018-19 athletic campaign has been truly historic, with seven national championships overall, matching our total for the most in a single season. Five of those seven national championships, including four NCAA titles, came from our women's programs, and we are humbled by the hard work and dedication of our student-athletes and coaches."

The women's Capital One Cup comes two weeks after Stanford secured its 25th consecutive Learfield IMG College Directors' Cup, which is presented annually to the most successful intercollegiate athletic department in the nation.

Of Stanford's seven total national championships in 2018-19, six were NCAA titles, tying its own record set in 1996-97 for the most by one school in a season.

The Cardinal has won at least one NCAA championship during each of the last 43 years, dating to the 1976-77 school year.

— Staff report

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