CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (Virginia Athletics) – A pair of NCAA men’s championships and a top-five ranking in men’s tennis led the University of Virginia to its second Capital One Cup all-sports competition championship for men’s sports during the 2018-19 season.
The Capital One Cup competition is based on a system that grants points to top-10 finishes in NCAA Division I championships and in final official coaches’ polls. A separate champion is awarded for men’s sports and women’s sports.
The Virginia men finished with 127 points, earning 60 points for each of its final No. 1 rankings in men’s basketball and lacrosse, six points for its final No. 5 ranking in men’s tennis and one point for its 10th-place finish in men’s swimming and diving.
“We are proud to win the Capital One Cup trophy for the second time in five years,” University of Virginia Athletics Director Carla Williams said. “This honor is representative of the hard work of our student-athletes, coaches, staff, donors and fans, and is a proud moment for our University. We had a fantastic athletics season, highlighted by a pair of NCAA championships. We look forward to ensuring our sports programs are a source of great pride for the University, the community and the Commonwealth as we embark on our Master Plan. On behalf of the University of Virginia, we would like to thank Capital One for its enduring commitment to college athletics.”
Stanford placed second with 88 points followed by Texas Tech with 79 points, Maryland with 75 points and Vanderbilt with 70 points.
In recognition of this achievement, Capital One will present a trophy and a check for $200,000 for student-athlete scholarships to the University of Virginia. That presentation will be made July 10 at the ESPY Awards in Los Angeles.
Comedian, actor and television personality Tracy Morgan will host The ESPYS at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles, where he will be joined by top athletes and entertainers to celebrate the year’s best and most unforgettable moments in sports. The ESPYS will be televised live at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. The ESPYS support ESPN’s ongoing commitment to The V Foundation for Cancer Research, launched by ESPN with the late Jim Valvano in 1993.
A school-record three NCAA championships helped Virginia claim the Capital One Cup for men’s sports in 2014-15.