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MCLEAN, Va. – Paced by a trio of national championships, the University of Alabama women's athletics program earned its highest finish ever in the Capital One Cup standings, taking third place overall, just behind Stanford and UCLA.
The Capital One Financial Corporation announced the final women’s standings for the Cup, which is awarded to the best men’s and women’s Division I athletics programs in the country, on Wednesday. Alabama is currently in fourth place in the men’s standings which will be announced in the coming weeks, following the conclusion of the College World Series.
In addition to being third overall, Alabama was the top-ranked Southeastern Conference school, with LSU and Florida coming in fourth and ninth, respectively.
The Crimson Tide, which earned 100 points to finish third in the women’s standings, made a late–season run at the trophy, highlighted by national championships in softball and golf this spring. Sitting outside the top 20 in the Capital One Cup standings in late May, the Tide bolted to its best finish, topping last year’s finish in which they tied for 18th place.
In addition to the Tide softball and women’s golf team’s winning their first NCAA Championships this spring, the UA gymnastics team won its sixth national championship in April, giving the Tide women three national titles in a two-month stretch.
The three women’s titles came on the heels of the Alabama football team winning its 14th national championship and second BCS title in three years. Prior to this season, the Tide had won 18 national team titles between football and gymnastics, but never more than one in an academic year.
The Alabama women’s soccer and tennis team’s also advanced to NCAA tournament competition this season with the tennis team ranked as high as seventh and hosting an NCAA regional for the first time.
Women's Capital One Cup Standings
1. Stanford 152.5
2. UCLA 110
3. Alabama 100
4. LSU 92
5. Duke 83
6. Oregon 80
7. Southern California 77
8. California 72
9. Florida 65
10. Maryland 62
Christopher Walsh covers Alabama football for BamaOnline, 247Sports, and is the author of 18 books.
Amazing they won 3 championships and came in 3rd.
That's what I'm saying, What did Stanford and Ucla do
They won some sports championships that no one follows. Besides soccer what was left?
This^^^ 3 titles in what would be considered major women's sports and they're 3rd????
Have to say the system is flawed, only sports that all schools play should count.
Man, look at the point differential between Stanford and everybody else....hard to fathom..
Can somone give a breakdown of the sports that Stanford competed and placed in? I am not counting Math or Chess Club
Maybe Andrew Luck was really a girl so they get points for the Fiesta Bowl...
If Bama competed in the sports Stanford does, would you continue to believe the system was flawed? You should weigh it in favor of what you consider to be a more important sport. If your daughter played Lacrosse at Stanford or rowing at UCLA and won national titles there, would that not be as significant as if your daughter play softball, golf, gymnastics at Alabama ??? Come on folks, be logical here.
"You don't always get what you want, but you always get what you deserve"
Are you saying a rowing championship means as much as a BCS championship?
If my daughter competed on a rowing team in college and won a national championship you're damn straight it would mean as much. A national championship is a national championship. Is a gold medal in the Olympics in archery any less significant than a gold medal in men's basketball?? It means you are the best at what you do and it is recognition for countless hours of work and dedication.
I'd have to say that sports not widely played should not be counted as much in points. If the pool of teams you are competing against is small you have a lot better chance of winning. Should be major and minor categories . IMHO
It is divided like that. It could be argued that it needs even further division, but it's still geared in favor of those departments that offer more sports than others, because they have more opportunities to earn points with top 10 finishes.
Recognizing the best in Men's and Women's Division 1 college sports.
After reading the scoring structure it does need further dividing.
My daughter wont be on the rowing team if I have one. I played baseball at Bama and wife played softball at Bama, she was on the first team that went to Oklahoma City. Good chance my daughter has a better chance at those sports as apposed to rowing or field hockey. And yes to your point about gold medal in Archery, when is the last time you saw the gold medal archery champ get endorsements??
Marketability does not determine importance. Is a NASCAR driver more important than a U.S. Marine?
Congrats ladies of UA!
Never Gets Old
Really? If your daughter took an interest in rowing you'd forbid her to compete? You have a good start at being a great dad there dude...stop poking your self proclaimed athletic chest out prancing around like a rooster, it just screams of arrogance and entitlement. Athleticism is a God given trait and it isnt guaranteed and any child you drive to be the player or superstar you weren't likely wont be successful because your standards and expectations appear to be out of touch and highly likely unrealistic.
Sorry for the rant, but comments like this really tic me off because I've seen kids pushed to play sports and do other things they truly don't want to be a part of and it hurts the innocent children, lowers their self-esteem.
"Really? If your daughter took an interest in rowing you'd forbid her to compete? You have a good start at being a great dad there dude...stop poking your self proclaimed athletic chest out prancing around like a rooster, it just screams of arrogance and entitlement. Athleticism is a God given trait and it isnt guaranteed and any child you drive to be the player or superstar you weren't likely wont be successful because your standards and expectations appear to be out of touch and highly likely unrealistic.
Sorry for the rant, but comments like this really tic me off because I've seen kids pushed to play sports and do other things they truly don't want to be a part of and it hurts the innocent children, lowers their self-esteem. "
My daughter plays soccer and softball. I played basketball through college and her mother played volleyball. I don't care what sport she plays but we did make her play 'our' sports at first and she just didn't have fun with them although usually the most athletic girl on the team. Can't twist her arm and make her enjoy it so I've become a huge soccer and softball fan.
Oh Geez, not chest thumping. No need to, just making a point that my kids will most likley be exposed to other sports. If they want to persue anything I will support and not push in any way. I know that works against kids and parents should be there to support. Saying I played or wife did is not saying look at me like most people here think, its just what I will be able to help with more. I am grateful that all that athletics gave me and Im not better then anyone else. you took comments out of context
this is more to my point, you expose your kids to stuff and let them choose there path and support whatever they want to do
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