The Florida Gators men’s athletic program was officially announced Wednesday as the winner of the Capital One Cup for the second-straight year by the organization. Florida on the men’s side and Stanford on the women’s side are the only programs to win the award in its short two-year history.
“We are honored to win our second consecutive Capital One Cup trophy,” athletic director Jeremy Foley said. “Our student athletes, coaches and support teams strive for overall excellence and it’s a tribute to their efforts that the men’s program captured the Capital One Cup and our women’s program earned a top-10 finish. Thank you to Capital One and its affiliated companies for their support of intercollegiate athletics.”
Awarded annually to each of the top men’s and women’s Division I college athletic programs in the country, the winner of the Capital One Cup is determined by a scoring system in which points are awarded sport-by-sport depending how respective teams finish in NCAA Championships and the final official coaches’ polls.
Florida (104 points) won by a 14-point margin over Arizona (90) and finished 26 points above the next team from the Southeastern Conference, LSU (78).
The Gators once again failed to place in the top 10 in any of the program’s fall sports but rounded up the honors in the winter and spring as solid finishes by baseball (sixth), basketball (ninth), indoor track & field (first), outdoor track & field (first), and swimming & diving (eighth) led UF to their second-straight Cup.
The Florida women’s athletic program finished second in the SEC to LSU but ninth overall in their respective standings, 87.5 points behind the winner, Stanford (152.5).
The men’s victory earns the University of Florida a total of $200,000 to go toward student-athlete graduate-level scholarships. The Gators will be presented with the Capital One Cup at the 2012 ESPY Awards on July 11 at 9 p.m.