Yesterday, Jack Swarbrick landed one of the most prestigious awards that a college athletic program can land, the Capital One Cup. The Capital One Cup is a total of how all the athletic programs perform. This year, the Fighting Irish brought the title home.
Notre Dame wins Capital One Cup for men’s sports for 2013-14, thanks to top 10 points from soccer, lacrosse and fencing.
— John Heisler (@NDHeisler) June 26, 2014
According to the Capital One Cup website:
The Capital One Cup is awarded annually to each of the best men’s and women’s Division I college athletics programs in the country. Points toward the Capital One Cup are earned and tracked throughout the year based on final standings of NCAA Championships and final official coaches’ polls. One winning men’s and one winning women’s program will be crowned after the completion of the final NCAA spring championships. Capital One will award a combined $400,000 in student-athlete scholarships and the Capital One Cup trophy to the winning schools at the ESPY awards in July.
The Women’s programs finished 19th in the country. Prior to this title, Notre Dame finished 12th, 26th, 44th in 2012-2013, 2011-2012, 2010-2011.
Considering Notre Dame is consistently ranked among the nation’s best in the class, this is quite a feat for the Fighting Irish athletic department. However, fans would easily exchange it for national title in football.