1994-95 Florida Women's Sports Season Review
Florida finishes fifth overall in the Sears Directors' Cup standings
The 1994-95 season once again produced outstanding results for the University of Florida women's athletic program. Four Florida women's squads finished the past season ranked in the nation's top 10, which helped the overall Gator athletic program place fifth overall in the Sears Directors' Cup standings. The fifth-place finish marks the sixth consecutive year that Florida's overall athletic program placed amongst the nation's top five.
During the 1994-95 season, eight UF women's teams ranked amongst the nation's top 20 in the final season polls. Florida's tennis team reached the finals of the NCAA Championships and held a final national ranking of No. 2. The gymnastics team, one of only two teams to qualify for every possible NCAA Championship, finished seventh overall in NCAA action. Swimming & diving claimed the eighth spot at the NCAA Championships, marking the 14th consecutive top-eight finish for the program. The volleyball team reached the NCAA South Region semifinals and finished the season tied for ninth in NCAA action. The basketball team reached the second round of NCAA play and finished the 1994-95 season ranked No. 17. The Florida women's cross country team made its first appearance in the NCAA Championships, finishing 20th overall. At the NCAA East Regional, UF's golf team took ninth overall and finished the season with a final NCAA ranking of 20th.
Team accomplishments were only part of the Florida success story, as 25 individuals earned a total of 49 All-America honors and three NCAA event titles. All of the NCAA event titles were claimed by the swimming program. Junior Mimosa McNerney claimed the NCAA 500-yard and 1650 freestyle crowns, while freshman Allison Wagner won the 400 individual medley title.
In Southeastern Conference action, Florida claimed four team titles (golf, tennis, swimming & diving and volleyball) -- the highest total for SEC women's programs in 1994-95. The Gator program won the overall 1994-95 SEC All-Sports Trophy, which marks the seventh of the last eight years the league award was claimed by UF. Florida won the women's SEC All-Sports Trophy in 1994-95, giving UF a league-high total of seven women's All-Sport Trophies since the award began in 1983-84. In addition, 37 student-athletes earned a total of 51 All-SEC accolades.
Top showings were not reserved for the athletic field as the Florida women's program was prominent in the classroom as well. Each team placed at least one student-athletes on the SEC Academic Honor Roll. The 28 Florida women student-athletes that qualified for the league Academic Honor Roll this season gives UF a total of 323 female Academic Honor Roll selections since the award began in 1981-82 -- the league's second highest total. Volleyball player Missy Aggertt and gymnast Amy Myerson were first-team selections for GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-America squads.
HOW FLORIDA FARED IN 1994-95:
SEC Team Championships: 4 (Golf, Tennis, Swimming & Diving, Volleyball)
All-Americans: 27 individuals with 49 honors
NCAA Event Titles: 3 (swimming)
All-SEC: 29 individuals with 37 honors
Academic All-SEC: 28 student-athletes
|AA||T'tl AA All-honors||SEC||
FINAL TOP 10 STANDINGS
|1. Stanford||971.5||6. Southern Cal||668|
|2. North Carolina||789.5||7. Michigan||657.5|
|3. UCLA||752.5||8. Penn State||644.5|
|4. Arizona||716.5||9. Nebraska||637|
|5. Florida||691||10. Texas||636|