MCLEAN, Va., April 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Major shake-ups and large leaps are revealed as Capital One Financial Corporation (NYSE: COF), an official NCAA® Corporate Champion, announced the official winter standings for the Capital One Cup, which is awarded to the best men's and best women's NCAA Division I athletics programs in the country. After a highly intense 2012-2013 winter college sports season, Indiana, Michigan and Stanford stand atop of the winter standings. Indiana, which won the NCAA Division I Men's Soccer championship and finished in the top 10 for basketball, indoor track and field and swimming and diving, continues to protect its number one seat. Michigan, for the first time this season, joins Indiana at the top of the men's rankings with NCAA championship titles in gymnastics and swimming and diving and a second-place finish in men's basketball. Stanford women climbed to the top of the standings with top 10 finishes in soccer, volleyball, swimming and diving, fencing, cross country and basketball.
With 13 championships remaining in the NCAA Division I spring season, the race for the Capital One Cup trophy and the combined $400,000 to help fund scholarships for student-athletes are still on the line.
Men's NCAA championship winners were Colorado (skiing), West Virginia (rifle), Arkansas (indoor track and field), Penn State (wrestling), Princeton (fencing), Michigan (swimming and diving), Louisville (basketball), Yale (ice hockey) and Michigan (gymnastics).
Women's NCAA championship winners were Colorado (skiing), West Virginia (rifle), Oregon (indoor track and field), Princeton (fencing), Georgia (swimming and diving), Connecticut (basketball), Minnesota (ice hockey), Nebraska (bowling) and Florida (gymnastics).
The UConn women's basketball team won its eighth national championship and is now tied with Tennessee for the most titles by a women's basketball program.
Louisville's men's basketball team won its third national championship, after defeating a hard-charging Michigan team, overcoming injuries and with the eyes of the nation watching.
Yale won its first national championship in men's hockey; the first Ivy League team to win the national title since 1989.
Princeton won its first NCAA women's fencing championship against Notre Dame.
Minnesota women's ice hockey team kept an unblemished record (41-0-0) and successfully defended its 2012 national title.
In total, 89 schools have earned points in the Capital One Cup men's standings and 77 schools have earned points in the women's standings.
"This year's college sports landscape has been full of upsets and heroic victories, and it will be interesting to see which schools come out on top at the end of the spring season," said Clark Kellogg, Capital One Cup Advisory Board member and former basketball student-athlete at The Ohio State University.
Lisa Leslie, another Capital One Cup Advisory Board member, knows all too well the importance of the Cup. "My past experiences as a student-athlete at USC provided me with a great appreciation for how this award recognizes the best in college sports for both men and women. I know that many student-athletes see the Cup as a great honor to achieve during their collegiate career."
"As we enter into the spring season, we are sure to see more great performances and a heartfelt battle to the end as each school vies for the Capital One Cup," said Marc Mentry, Senior Vice President, Capital One Brand Marketing. "It is truly any school's award to win and we look forward to watching the race for the Cup unfold and honoring the national champions with a combined $400,000 in student-athlete scholarships at the ESPY Awards in July."
Schools earn points based on their teams' Top 10 finishes in NCAA Division I championships and in the final official coaches' polls across 20 women's and 19 men's sports. The Capital One Cup winners are determined at the end of the spring season and honored at the ESPY Awards in July. Last year, the University of Florida won on the men's side and Stanford University claimed the women's Cup – each for the second consecutive year. This is the third year of the Capital One Cup.
Capital One Financial Corporation (www.capitalone.com) is a financial holding company whose subsidiaries, which include Capital One, N.A., and Capital One Bank (USA), N. A., had $212.5 billion in deposits and $312.9 billion in total assets outstanding as of December 31, 2012. Headquartered in McLean, Virginia, Capital One offers a broad spectrum of financial products and services to consumers, small businesses and commercial clients through a variety of channels. Capital One, N.A. has more than 900 branch locations primarily in New York, New Jersey, Texas, Louisiana, Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. A Fortune 500 company, Capital One trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "COF" and is included in the S&P 100 index.
Capital One, an NCAA Corporate Champion, began its affiliation with college sports with the sponsorship of the 2001 Capital One Florida Citrus Bowl (now the Capital One Bowl) and ESPN's Capital One Bowl Week. In addition, Capital One sponsors the ABC College Football Halftime Report, Capital One All-America Mascot team, Capital One Academic All-America Program, and supports all 89 NCAA Championships including the Division I Men's and Women's Basketball Championships, and numerous other collegiate athletics programs.
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