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Florida women place second in 2015 Capital One Cup, men fourth

And Florida was so very close to winning the women's version.


Neither version of the Capital One Cup will be coming back to Florida — the only school that has claimed both in the award's five years of existence.

But it wasn't for lack of trying, especially on the women's side.

Florida took second in the women's Capital One Cup race for the 2014-15 season, their 131 points falling just short of Stanford's 136.5. Here's Jeremy Foley's perfunctory quote:

"We continue to be proud of the accomplishments of our women’s programs. Gymnastics and softball repeated as national champions to highlight the year and many other Florida teams were challenging for titles as well. This is the result of great dedication and effort by the Gators and their coaches."

And, yeah, being second to mighty Stanford is nothing to sneeze at — but the Gators were so very close to winning the trophy for the second consecutive year.

Florida could've made up the 5.5 points separating it from Stanford by finishing two places better at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, which would've earned the Gators six more Cap One Cup points — or, more directly, Florida could almost certainly have made up the difference by beating Stanford in the teams' NCAA Tournament matchups in soccer and volleyball last fall, as the Cardinal defeated Florida in both events, and garnered 66 points to the Gators' 27 from those two sports.

Winning the women's Capital One Cup for the second consecutive year would have made Florida the only school to repeat as champions with both its men's and women's programs, and the only school to win multiple Capital One Cups with men's and women's programs, and the only school with four Capital One Cups overall. Instead, Stanford's third Capital One Cup for its women's programs ties Florida for overall Cups won.

Florida's men, meanwhile, likely produced "just" 84 points, their lowest total in five years of Capital One Cup competition, thanks mostly to Florida's men's basketball team not placing in the top 10 of the final standings for the first time in five years. And will still finish fourth in the final standings, as SB Nation's Virginia site, Streaking the Lawn, projects. (Streaking the Lawn projects Florida to take 30 points for placing third in baseball, but Florida will finish fourth overall even if the Gators only get 24 points for finishing fourth in baseball, which would seem to be as low as Florida could place in the final USA TODAY/ESPN Top 25 Coaches' Baseball Poll, used by the Capital One Cup to award points.)

Had Florida won the College World Series, though, it still would've placed second behind Oregon in the men's Capital One Cup standings, thanks to the Ducks' sweep of the men's indoor and outdoor track titles and participation in the inaugural College Football Playoff. Virginia, which added a baseball title to previous wins in men's soccer and tennis, was in striking distance of the Ducks, and overtook them with its CWS triumph, scoring the most points in the history of the men's Capital One Cup.

Florida remains the only school to have both its men's and women's programs rank in the top 10 in all five years of the Capital One Cup's existence, and Florida's men's and women's programs have a combined nine top-five finishes in those five years.