In what has become a yearly occurrence, the Stanford athletic department has clinched the Learfield IMG Directors’ Cup, given for overall athletic excellence.
It will be the 25th straight year that the Cardinal have won the Cup, missing out only in 1993-94, the first year it was awarded.
In the most recent calculations on the Cup’s website, Stanford has a huge lead over second-place Michigan, thanks mainly to national championships in women’s volleyball, women’s swimming, men’s gymnastics and women’s water polo.
Stanford has 1258.75 points to 972.75 for Michigan and 830.50 for Penn State. Cal, which won the NCAA title in men’s swimming, stands 24th at 471.25.
The Cardinal have also locked up the women’s division of the Capital One Cup and are still in the hunt in the men’s division.
The Stanford women have piled up 148 points to just 68 for second-place Florida State. Cal is 21st with 22. Stanford’s men have 59 points, just three behind leader North Dakota State (62). Virginia is second (61) while Clemson and Maryland are tied (60). Cal is 19th with 28.
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The Capital One Cup, established in 2010, has a points system that gives extra weight to the more high-profile sports, including football, basketball and baseball for the men and soccer, basketball, volleyball and softball for the women.
Stanford will win the women’s division for the sixth time in the award’s nine-year history. The Cardinal men won it in 2016 and ’18.
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