Stanford earns its first Capital One Cup on the men’s side

(Image credit courtesy Stanford Athletics)
(Image credit courtesy Stanford Athletics)

Fueled by an NCAA championship in soccer and six top-10 finishes, Stanford captured its first Capital One Cup on the men’s side as the nation’s most successful athletics program during the 2015-16 campaign.

The Capital One Cup is awarded annually to the best men’s and women’s NCAA Division I athletics programs for their cumulative on-field performance across multiple sports. Schools earn points based on their teams’ top-10 finishes in NCAA championships and final official coaches’ polls across 21 women’s and 20 men’s sports.

University of Southern California claimed the Capital One Cup in the women’s standings, with Stanford coming in second.

Stanford and USC will receive a combined $400,000 in student-athlete scholarships and also be recognized at the 2016 ESPYS on July 13. It’s the first time the Capital One Cup is being awarded to two athletic programs in the same athletic conference.

Stanford totaled 126 points, edging runner-up North Carolina (108) and third-place Ohio State (80). Highlighted by an NCAA title in men’s soccer, the Cardinal continued its success in the fall with top-10 finishes from football (Rose Bowl champions, Pac-12 champions, 12-2 overall) and men’s water polo (22-8 overall, ranked No. 5 in final CWPA poll). A strong season from men’s track and field (eighth at NCAA Championships, sixth at MPSF Championships) was nearly followed up by another national championship effort in men’s gymnastics (NCAA runner-up, 10th top-three NCAA finish in 11 seasons). Rounding out the top-10 efforts was men’s volleyball (19-6 overall, ranked No. 6 in final AVCA poll).

It’s also the fourth Capital One Cup trophy to be awarded to a Stanford athletics program, as the Cardinal took home its third title on the women’s side in 2015.

Stanford claimed four national championships during the past academic year, increasing its overall total to 132. Of Stanford’s 132 championships, 109 are NCAA titles, with women’s tennis also claiming the hardware in 2016. Additionally, the Cardinal captured its sixth lightweight rowing title in the past seven seasons, while also collecting a national crown in synchronized swimming.