MCLEAN, Va - Paced by a trio of national championships, the University of Alabama women's athletics program earned its highest finish ever in the Capital One Cup standings, taking third place overall, just behind Stanford and UCLA.
The Capital One Financial Corporation announced the final women's standings for the Cup, which is awarded to the best men's and women's Division I athletics programs in the country, on Wednesday. Alabama is currently in fourth place in the men's standings which will be announced in the coming weeks, following the conclusion of the College World Series.
In addition to being third overall, Alabama was the top-ranked Southeastern Conference school with LSU and Florida coming in fourth and ninth, respectively.
The Crimson Tide, which earned 100 points to finish third in the women's standings, made a late-season run at the trophy, highlighted by national championships in softball and golf this spring. Sitting outside the top 20 in the Capital One Cup standings in late May, the Tide bolted to its best finish, topping last year's finish in which they tied for 18th place.
In addition to the Tide softball and women's golf team's winning their first NCAA Championships this spring, the UA gymnastics team won its sixth national championship in April, giving the Tide women three national titles in a two-month stretch.
The three women's titles came on the heels of the Alabama football team winning its 14th national championship and second BCS title in three years. Prior to this season, the Tide had won 18 national team titles between football and gymnastics, but never more than one in an academic year.The Alabama women's soccer and tennis team's also advanced to NCAA tournament competition this season with the tennis team ranked as high as seventh and hosting an NCAA regional for the first time.