STANFORD, Calif.- Defending NCAA champion Stanford was invited to attend a celebration of 2012-13 NCAA Championship teams at the White House, with President Barack Obama offering congratulations and recognizing each program individually.
The NCAA Champions ceremony took place Monday on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, D.C. The official event also included a tour of the White House.
Wow. It was an honor to meet the president & tour the White House. Crazy to be where all the greats have lived #washingtonsatinthischair— Kristie Ahn (@kristieahn) March 11, 2014
Members of last year’s Cardinal team, along with coaches and staff, joined 18 other national championship teams in the ceremony.
Stanford has made six visits to the White House, most recently in 2010 along with the Cardinal men’s volleyball team.
The ceremony and President Obama's remarks can be viewed by CLICKING HERE.
Also honored on Monday: Duke men’s lacrosse, Indiana men’s soccer, Oklahoma State men’s cross country, Princeton fencing, Princeton field hockey, Alabama men’s golf, UC Irvine men’s volleyball, Colorado men’s cross country, Kansas women’s outdoor track and field, Minnesota women’s hockey, North Carolina lacrosse, North Carolina women’s soccer, Oklahoma softball, USC men’s water polo, USC women’s water polo, Virginia men’s tennis, West Virginia rifle and Yale men’s hockey.
Last July, Stanford was also honored in a pregame tribute prior to the San Francisco Giants game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at AT&T Park. Cardinal players, coaches and support staff were recognized as part of the Bay Area Women’s Sports Initiative (BAWSI) ceremony.
What an incredible day exploring DC, touring the White House & meeting the President! Not a bad start to the week #gostanford— Amelia Herring (@ameliaherring) March 11, 2014
The most storied program in college tennis, Stanford defeated No. 3 Texas A&M in a 4-3 thriller to capture this year’s NCAA crown. No. 12 Stanford (22-4, 8-2 Pac-12) became the lowest-seeded team to win an NCAA title, also knocking off No. 5 USC, No. 4 Georgia and No. 1 Florida along the way. The championship also extended Stanford's record streak of 37 years in a row with at least one NCAA title and paved the way for a 19th consecutive Directors' Cup.