HAWKS ARE RANKED IN THE CAPITAL ONE CUP TOP 50
May 1, 2014
MCLEAN, Va. - For the third straight year the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) is ranked in the top 50 of the Capital One Cup Standings. The Capital One Cup awards student scholarships each year to the best men's and women's NCAA Division I athletics programs in the country.
The ranking comes after the final National Tenpins Coaches Association (NTCA) poll, which counts toward the standings. The women's bowling teams' fourth place finish gives the school eight points and ties them for 41st in the nation. In 2012 and 2013 the Hawks were ranked as high as 32nd in the country among Division I polls. In 2012 they earned 20 points for their first place ranking on the heels of an NCAA Championship. All of the top ten teams in the poll earn points. Last season the Hawks were third in the final poll and earned 10 points to enter the list at 32nd overall.
This year UMES finished the season at 95-23, a winning percentage of 81 percent and the highest of any team in the poll.
In the current standings UMES is tied for 41st with Alabama, Boston College, Colorado and Cornell. Fellow NCAA Bowling schools are ranked, with Nebraska being the highest at 12th, gaining points from other sports, while Sam Houston State is tied for 20th, Arkansas State is 34th, Vanderbilt is 50th and Fairleigh Dickinson is 64th. Stephen F, Austin and St. Francis (Pa.) were also ranked, both of which missed the NCAA Championship field but were ranked in the poll.
The University of Maryland, College Park is the highest ranked school in the state, sitting at 13th, with the University of Delaware, the next closest school geographically and standing at 66th overall. There are no other Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) schools ranked in the Capital One Cup standings.
The final standings will be determined at the end of the spring sports season.
"What makes the Capital One Cup race so thrilling is how multiple sports across multiple seasons contribute to the ultimate winning program," said Capital One Cup Advisory Board member and CBS college basketball analyst, Clark Kellogg.
"This is always an exciting time as every game and match takes on even greater importance as we head toward the end of the college sports season," said Marc Mentry, Senior Vice President at Capital One. "We are anticipating a competitive and action-packed spring sports season, which will determine who will reign supreme in the race for the Capital One Cup."
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 will be honored at the ESPY Awards in July. Last year, new winners emerged when UCLA won on the men's side and North Carolina claimed the women's Capital One Cup. Stanford women and Florida men earned the Capital One Cup the first two years of the program. This is the fourth year of the Capital One Cup.
Please visit www.CapitalOneCup.com, Facebook.com/CapitalOneCup and Twitter.com/CapitalOneCup for more information and news on the Capital One Cup as well as updates on the standings.
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