University of Virginia repeats as VaSID All-Sports Champions

uva-logo-new2The University of Virginia won 67 percent of its intercollegiate athletic contests in 2014-15 to win the 37th annual Virginia Sports Information Director’s Association Division I All-Sport championship.

The Cavaliers, who captured the 2015 Capital One Cup men’s championship, have won seven of the last eight state crowns and nine of the previous 12. James Madison was second overall at 63 followed by ODU at 61. Virginia won 69 percent of its men’s contests followed by Radford at 66. On the women’s side, JMU won 72 percent of its contests followed by Liberty at 64.

Virginia won a school-best three NCAA championships in 2014-15, capturing baseball, men’s soccer and men’s tennis. The Cavaliers women’s soccer squad was an NCAA runner-up. In all, Virginia had 11 teams finish in the nation’s top 20.

In the final Capital One Cup men’s standings, Virginia tallied 149 points, followed by Oregon with 121, Ohio State with 93.5, Florida with 84 and Denver with 72.

Individually, the state was led by Virginia’s junior tennis player Ryan Shane who won the NCAA singles championship. Leah Smith won the NCAA 500 and 1650 freestyle swimming championships, women’s rowing won the NCAA Varsity Four title and Julia Elbaba won the USTA/ITA Indoor Singles Championship. Virginia Tech sophomore Irena Sediva won the NCAA Javelin national championship.

Virginia, William and Mary and Liberty led the state with six conference championships each.  Virginia won ACC titles in women’s golf, rowing, men’s tennis, women’s tennis, women’s swimming and diving and wrestling. The Tribe won league championships in men’s and women’s cross country, men’s swimming, women’s gymnastics, and men’s and women’s tennis. Liberty won league titles in football, men’s indoor & outdoor track, women’s basketball, field hockey and women’s outdoor track. Liberty also won the Big South regular-season title in women’s soccer and W&M won the CAA’s men’s basketball regular-season crown.

Overall, Virginia Division I schools compiled a 2,336-2,078-54 record for a winning percentage of .529. Men’s teams were 1,100-960-28 for a .534 percentage while the women’s teams were at .525 with a 1,236-1,118-26 mark.

The survey began in 1978-79 and includes winning percentages of only those sports with NCAA sponsored championships. Virginia leads with 16 overall titles, followed by Old Dominion with 12, James Madison with three, Virginia Commonwealth and Hampton with two each, and one crown each for George Mason and Richmond.

The overall champion receives an award from the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame.

2014-15 Overall Standings
1. Virginia – 266-155-6 (.671)
2. James Madison – 219-130-4 (.626)
3. Old Dominion – 175-111-6 (.609)
4. Liberty – 230-155-3 (.597)
5. Richmond – 155-111-2 (.582)
6. VCU – 154-110-10 (.580)
7. Virginia Tech – 209-159-2 (.568)
8. Radford – 155-125-5 (.553)
9. Norfolk State – 156-165-0 (.486)
10.William & Mary – 165-177-2 (.483)
11.George Mason – 160-192-8 (.456)
12.Longwood – 112-168-4 (.400)
13.Hampton – 105-167-0 (.386)
14. VMI – 75-153-2 (.330)

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