UCLA recently claimed its first Capital One Cup title, which is presented to the best men’s and women’s Division I athletics programs in the nation, at the NCAA Men’s College World Series.
UCLA’s men’s program will also be awarded a $200,000 award to be used towards student-athlete scholarships. Both the Cup and scholarship award will be presented at the ESPY Awards ceremony in Los Angeles on July 17.
“The UCLA Athletic Department is honored to win the men’s Capital One Cup for the 2012-13 school year,” UCLA Athletic Director Dan Guerrero said. “This award is a culmination of the efforts of our student-athletes, coaches and staff members, all of whom have worked tirelessly to strive for broad-based excellence throughout our program. We are truly grateful for this wonderful recognition.”
A runner-up in the NCAA water polo championship, UCLA went on to earn points towards the cup with strong performances in tennis and volleyball. The team secured its first NCAA baseball championship, which earned them the right to claim first place for the men’s Capital One Cup.
“This season, UCLA demonstrated how deep their athletics program is by consistently performing well across multiple sports,” Rece Davis, a Capital One Cup advisory board member and ESPN college sports analyst, said. “UCLA posted strong finishes in key sports and was able to out-score two-time defending winner Florida. It was exciting to watch the race for the Cup come down to the College World Series again and what an honor it is for their athletics program to build on last season’s third-place finish by becoming this year’s Cup winner.”
Indiana University placed second in the men’s Capital One Cup after winning the NCAA men’s soccer championship and finishing in the top 10 across 19 sports in the men’s division.
Texas A&M placed third in the Capital One Cup finals after tying with the University of Florida in the NCAA outdoor track and field championship.