UMES FINISHES 52nd AMONG ALL DI WOMEN'S PROGRAMS IN CAPITAL ONE CUP STANDINGS
June 25, 2014
McLEAN, Va. - For the third straight year the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) placed its women's athletics program in the top 15-percent of all Division I programs in the nation. UMES was ranked 52nd in the final Capital One Cup Standings out of 351 eligible schools. Only 96 of them earned points.
The final standings, announced late last week, named the University of Florida the best women's program for the 2013-2014 season and awards points based on the final standings and a team's finishes in the top 10 of all 20 NCAA DI Championships. UMES' high ranking can be attributed to the bowling team's success and fourth place finish in the final poll from the National Tenpins Coaches Association (NTCA).
"To be among the top schools in the nation is something we are very proud of," said Director of Athletics Keith Davidson. "We are a small school but we take a lot of pride in our teams. It shows that we are capable of competing with the best in the country. We hope to build on the success of women's bowling and see it trnaslate to some of our other sports."
UMES tallied eight points in the standings and finished in a three-way tie for 52nd with Colorado and Cornell. They finished ahead of Harvard, Vanderbilt, Georgetown, Mississippi State, South Carolina and Delaware, among many others. Florida tallied a whopping 152 points to win with UCLA second, posting 110 points. Florida will receive the award in Los Angeles in July at The ESPY Award ceremony. In addition they will receive 200,000.00 to athletics scholarships.
Fellow system and state school, the University of Maryland, was fourth with 94 points. Loyola University in Baltimore was 59th overall with six points. UMES was the only school in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) to earn a ranking.
UMES was 44th in 2012-13 and 32nd in 2011-12. Women's bowling was not accounted for in the first year of the poll, 2010-11.
"Every year the race for the Capital One Cup is filled with drama, and this season was no exception," said Jennie Finch, Capital One Cup Advisory Board member, Olympic Gold Medalist and former University of Arizona student-athlete and Women's College World Series champion. "An award like the Capital One Cup speaks volumes because it celebrates student-athletes across so many sports."
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