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LSU, UCLA Only Schools To Finish In Top Four In Both Men and Women Standings


BATON ROUGE -- After claiming a national championship and three Southeastern Conference team titles, the LSU men’s and women’s athletic programs capped a banner year with a pair of fourth-place finishes in the final 2011-12 Capital One Cup standings, it was announced by Capital One Financial Corporation on Wednesday.

LSU joined UCLA as the only schools to produce top-four finishes in both the men’s and women’s final standings. The LSU women accumulated 92 points, while the LSU men finished with 78 points.

"Congratulations to our student-athletes and coaches in all sports who work so hard every day to be the best at what they do,” said LSU Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Joe Alleva. “Their passion and relentless work ethic are evident by the results in these standings.  And a sincere thanks go to LSU fans, the best fans in America, who help provide the resources for our student-athletes to be successful in competition as well as in the classroom."

The LSU women’s outdoor track and field team claimed its 15th national championship decisively over second-place Oregon by a score of 76-62. The LSU men’s track and field squad nearly won the title with a second-place finish behind Florida, 50-48. In the indoor and outdoor NCAA championships combined, head coach Dennis Shaver led LSU to four top-five finishes.

The Tigers won SEC regular season titles in the sports of football, baseball and women’s outdoor track and field. For the first time in school history, LSU won a football and baseball SEC title in the same athletic year.

Head coach Paul Mainieri guided the Tigers to a top-10 national ranking and an NCAA Super Regional. Head coach Les Miles led the football team to a 13-1 overall record and a BCS Championship Game appearance while winning the school’s 11th SEC title in the sport.

The LSU softball team under first-year head coach Beth Torina embarked on a remarkable run to the Women’s College World Series – the program’s first since 2004 – while finishing with a 40-25 overall record and a No. 7 national ranking.

The LSU women’s golf team, coached by Karen Bahnsen, equaled the program’s highest finish ever with third place at the NCAA Championships. Head men’s tennis coach Jeff Brown and first-year women’s basketball coach Nikki Caldwell each reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament with their respective sports. Men’s golf, soccer, women’s tennis and swimming & diving all participated in NCAA postseason play.

This is the second year of 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 19 men’s and 20 women’s sports as they compete to win the Capital One Cup trophy and a combined $400,000 to fund scholarships for student athletes.

Capital One Cup Final Men’s Standings
1. Florida 104
2. Arizona 90
3. UCLA 82
4. LSU 78
5. North Carolina 75
6. Alabama 72
7. Kentucky 70
8. Arkansas 69
9. Ohio State 60.5
10. Loyola-Maryland 60 
      North Dakota State 60

Capital One Cup Final Women’s Standings
1. Stanford 152.5
2. UCLA 110
3. Alabama 100
4. LSU 92
5. Duke 83
6. Oregon 80
7. USC 77
8. California 72
9. Florida 65
10. Maryland 62



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