Some Good News For UConn Athletics

by Categorized: UConn women's basketball, Warde Manuel Date:

An outstanding fall season by UConn teams have the Huskies highly placed in two national rankings of college athletic programs – the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup and the Capital One Cup.

UConn is ranked 22nd in the current standings for the Division I Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup, developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution’s finish in up to 20 sports — 10 women’s and 10 men’s.

The Huskies received points for advancing to the quarterfinals of both the NCAA field hockey and men’s soccer championships and finishing in eighth place at the NCAA women’s cross country championship.

The Huskies are the fourth-ranked Big East team in the standings. Stanford is the top-ranked team while Michigan, Florida State, Notre Dame and North Carolina round out the top five.

“I wanted to congratulate the coaching staffs and student-athletes of our women’s cross country, field hockey and men’s soccer teams for their outstanding performances this fall,” UConn Director of Athletics Warde Manuel said in a statement. “Their efforts have made it possible for UConn to gain recognition in these prestigious programs. We look forward to more success as the 2012-13 academic year progresses.”

The UConn men’s programs are ranked 15th and the women’s programs 17th in the final fall standings for the Capital One Cup, awarded to the best men’s and women’s NCAA Division I athletics programs in the country.

The UConn women are ranked second among Big East schools while the men are third. Alabama leads the men’s standings while North Carolina leads the women’s.

Schools earn points based on their teams’ top 10 finishes in NCAA Division I championships and in final official coaches’ polls across 20 women’s and 19 men’s sports as they compete to win the Capital One Cup trophy and a combined $400,000 in scholarships for student-athletes.

The Capital One Cup winners will be determined at the end of the spring season and honored at the ESPY Awards in July.

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