Penn State Ranked First in Women’s Capital One Cup Standings

Following a slew of successful fall seasons, Penn State women’s sports rank first in the latest Capital One Cup standings.

With 81 points, Penn State leads second-place Stanford (71) and third-place Florida State (63). Wisconsin (8) and Michigan State (10) round out Big Ten teams in the top 10. Maryland (20) is the only other conference peer in the Top 25. Penn State does not rank in the Top 25 in the mens’ sports standings.

The Cup is awarded each year to the best men’s and women’s Division I athletic programs in the country. Points are awarded based on the final standings of NCAA championships and coaches’ polls. Following the completion of the NCAA spring championships, Capital One will award $400,000 in student-athlete scholarships and the Capital One Cup Trophy to the two champion schools at July’s ESPY awards.

Capital One breaks sports into two groups, A and B. Group B, which includes soccer, volleyball, basketball, and lacrosse for women earn significantly more points than Group A sports, such as field hockey, swimming, and golf. For example, with its national championship, the women’s volleyball team earned 60 points towards the Penn State total. The soccer team’s defeat in the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament also gained significant points.

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