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Florida took second in the 2012-13 Learfield Directors' Cup. Gymnastics and men's track & field won 2013 NCAA titles.

Thursday June 27, 2013Gator Athletics Program Finishes Second in the Nation

Gainesville, Fla.

Florida took second in the 2012-13 Learfield Directors' Cup. Gymnastics and men's track & field won 2013 NCAA titles.

A dozen top-10 finishes in national championship action Ė including a pair NCAA titles - led the University of Florida athletics program to its second consecutive second-place finish in the 2012-13 Learfield Sports Directorsí Cup. The finish matches Floridaís highest ever in the annual all-sports rankings and marks Floridaís fifth consecutive top-four finish in the rankings. Two NCAA titles highlighted Floridaís finishes, as seven teams placed among the nationís top five.

 

2012-13 Learfield Sports

Directorsí Cup Standings

Rank

School

Total

1.

Stanford

1261.25

2.

FLORIDA

1244.75

3.

UCLA

1227.25

4.

Michigan

1138.25

5.

Texas A&M

1131.50

6.

Penn State

1100.00

7.

Oklahoma

1078.25

8.

North Carolina

1075.33

9.

Notre Dame

1015.50

10.

Georgia

1006.75

Florida is the only program to finish among the nationís top 10 in each of the last 30 national all-sports standings. The Gator program also was second in 2011-12 and 2009-10 and tied for second in 1997-98.

 

The Learfield Sports Directorsí Cup, presented annually by the nationís athletics directors, recognizes the schools with the best overall sports performances in an academic year. Points are awarded based on finishes and participation in 20 NCAA Division I sports. Stanford received its 19th consecutive Directorsí Cup at the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) convention earlier this month. UCLA was third followed by Michigan.

 

The 16.5 point margin between first and second is the closest in the 21-year history of the Directorsí Cup.

 

Floridaís 12 top-10 national team finishes in 2012-13 equals the third-highest in school history, as at least 10 Gator teams have turned in top-10 finishes in each of the last 12 seasons. The programís record of 14 top-10 finishes came in 2009-10.

 

Gymnastics and menís outdoor track & field claimed NCAA titles in 2013. Florida became the fifth program to win a NCAA team title at the national championship held in April in Los Angeles. The Gator menís track & field claimed a share of its second consecutive NCAA Outdoor title with three event wins on the final dayĖ triple jump, 4x100- and 4x400-meter relays.

 

The complete list of Florida's 2012-13 top-10 teams includes:

 

         Gymnastics (No. 1)

         Menís Outdoor Track & Field (No. T-1)

         Menís Indoor Track & Field (No. 2)

         Womenís Tennis (No. T-3)

         Menís Basketball (No. T-5)

         Lacrosse (No. T-5)

         Softball (No. T-5)

         Menís Swimming & Diving (No. 6)

         Womenís Swimming & Diving (No. 6)

         Soccer (No. T-9)

         Volleyball (No. T-9)

         Football (No. 9 AP)

 

ďWhat a season for the Gators. There was so much to celebrate right from the beginning of the fall all the way through the final competition of the spring. It was certainly fun to see the Gator gymnasts raise their first NCAA title trophy and the menís outdoor track & field team claim their second-straight championship,Ē Florida Athletics Director Jeremy Foley said. ďTo finish second in the Directorsí Cup requires many Gator teams to advance and perform well in NCAA Championship action. We certainly appreciate and applaud the effort shown by our student-athletes and coaches as they compete among the nationís best.Ē

 

In Southeastern Conference action, Florida equaled the record with eight league crowns in 2012-13 action (menís basketball, womenís cross country, gymnastics, soccer, softball, menís swimming & diving, womenís tennis and volleyball). UF has now has a total of 213 SEC titles since the league began in 1932 and 116 of those SEC titles have come under Foleyís watch. In addition, the lacrosse team won its third consecutive American Lacrosse Conference title in just the programís fourth year. Florida swept the Halifx Media Group Southeastern Conference All-Sports Titles for the 13th time in 2012-13.

 

Individually, 16 Gators claimed a total of 10 NCAA individual titles in 2013. Junior Eddie Lovett won the 60-meter hurdles and sophomore Marquis Dendy took the indoor long jump title. At the NCAA Outdoor meet, three event titles went to the Gators on the meetís final day. Senior Omar Craddock claimed his second consecutive NCAA triple jump title. Antwan Wright, Hugh Graham, Jr., Leonardo Seymore and Dedrick Dukes won the 4x100-meter relay title. The team title was sealed with Floridaís 4x400-meter win by Najee Glass, Graham, Jr., Dukes and Arman Hall.

 

Junior Elizabeth Beisel, a two-time Olympic medalist at the 2012 Games, took the 400 individual medley win at the NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships. The quartet of Pawel Werner, Sebastien Rousseau, Marcin Cieslak and Dan Wallace combined to win Floridaís second NCAA 800 free relay title of the last three years. At the NCAA Gymnastics Championships, freshman Bridget Sloan took both the all-around and balance beam titles. Junior teammate Alaina Johnson became the first Gator to claim the NCAA uneven bars crown with her win.

 

Florida was also successful away from the athletic arena in 2012-13. A total of three UF student-athletes earned Capital One Academic All-America honors and Beisel was named the 2012 Capital One At-Large Academic All-American of the Year. Of the top 10 programs in the 2012-13 Learfield Sports Directorís Cup Standings, Florida is one of seven to post a NCAA Graduation Success Rate of 82 percent or higher in 2012.

 

Gators by the Numbers

2 NCAA team titles (gymnastics and menís outdoor track & field) marks the fourth consecutive season of multiple team titles for the Gator program.

12 top-10 national finishes by 2012-13 teams.

9 conference titles by the Gators in 2012-13, including 8 Southeastern Conference wins (equals league record)

10 Gators picked up conference player of the year/athlete of the year awards

4 Gators named Capital One Academic All-Americans, including one Academic All-American of the Year.

82 percent Graduation Success Rate for UF, as reported last fall in 2012 NCAA Federal Graduation Rate Data. Of the top 10 programs in the 2012-13 Learfield Sports Directorís Cup Standings, Florida is one of seven to post a GSR of 82 percent or higher in 2012. All Gator teams are in good academic standing in latest Academic Progress Report released earlier this month by the NCAA.

$73.9 million contributed since 1990 by the UAA to UF to fund academic endeavors, including $6.4 million in 2012-13.

More than 1 million fans attended 176 home events in 2012-13. Five UF teams ranked among the nation's top 10 in attendance.

324 student-athletes participated in 2,864 hours of community service in 2012-13, partnering with 24 local schools, four civic organizations and 27 non-profit organizations.

 

 

UF Annual Finishes in National All-Sports Rankings

University of Florida Top 10 National Finishes

Academic

Year

UF

Finish

# of Top 10 Finishes

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

6th

7th

8th

9th

10th

1983-84

5th

8

MS&D

 

WS&D

WGolf

Gym

FBall

MiT&F

WTen

 

 

WoT&F

1984-85

4th

7

WGolf

MS&D

WS&D

MGolf

Gym

 

 

 

FBall

WTen

 

 

 

1985-86

8th

7

WGolf

WS&D

 

MS&D

 

 

 

Gym

MiT&F

WoT&F

WiT&F

1986-87

4th

7

 

 

WGolf

MS&D

WS&D

WTen

 

 

Gym

 

MCC

MBBall

 

1987-88

5th

11

 

WTen

WS&D

MiT&F

WGolf

BaseB

MGolf

Gym

 

MS&D

VBall

WiT&F

MoT&F

1988-89

9th

7

 

MiT&F

MoT&F

WS&D

WTen

 

WGolf

 

MS&D

 

 

Gym

1989-90

5th

10

 

MGolf

MiT&F

WTen

WS&D

WiT&F

WGolf

MoT&F

MS&D

 

 

WoT&F

 

Gym

1990-91

5th

9

 

 

BaseB

MS&D

WTen

WS&D

 

MTen

WiT&F

MCC

WoT&F

Gym

 

 

 

 

1991-92

5th

10

WTen

WiT&F

WoT&F

WS&D

MiT&F

 

Vball

 

MGolf

FBall

 

MS&D

MoT&F

1992-93

4th

12

MGolf

WS&D

WTen

VBall

WiT&F

 

MoT&F

 

 

 

MS&D

MiT&F

WoT&F

MTen

FBall

Gym

1993-94

4th

9

 

 

VBall

MBBall

WS&D

MGolf

FBall

WTen

Gym

 

MS&D

MTen

 

1994-95

5th

6

 

WTen

 

 

 

 

FBall

Gym

WS&D

MTen

VBall

 

1995-96

3rd

10

WTen

FBall

BBall

WiT&F

Vball

MGolf

WS&D

Gym

WGolf

MS&D

1996-97

5th

9

Fball

WTen

VBall

 

Gym

WiT&F

WBBall

Soccer

WoT&F

 

 

MTen

WGolf

1997-98

T2nd

10

WTen

WGolf

Gym

VBall

FBall

 

WiT&F

MiT&F

BBall

 

Soccer

WBBall

 

1998-99

4th

11

Soccer

WTen

Vball

WiT&F

MTen

Fball

 

MiT&F

WS&D

MoT&F

MBBall

Gym

1999-00

7th

7

 

MBBall

MTen

WTen

MoT&F

MiT&F

Vball

 

 

 

MS&D

 

2000-01

7th

8

MGolf

 

WTen

 

MS&D

 

Gym

MiT&F

WS&D

VBall

Fball

2001-02

3rd

12

 

WTen

FBall

WiT&F

Soccer

MS&D

MoT&F

Vball

WoT&F

WGolf

WS&D

 

MTen

Gym

2002-03

7th

11

WTen

WiT&F

Vball

WoT&F

MGolf

WS&D

MTen

MS&D

MoT&F

Gym

 

WGolf

 

 

2003-04

6th

12

 

VBall

WiT&F

MiT&F

MoT&F

 

WS&D

Gym

WoT&F

Soccer

MS&D

MGolf

 

 

BaseB

MTen

 

2004-05

6th

11

 

BaseB

MiT&F

WiT&F

MoT&F

MTen

WTen

WS&D

MS&D

 

Gym

 

 

WGolf

WoT&F

2005-06

5th

10

MBBall

MGolf

WTen

Gym

MS&D

Vball

WGolf

 

 

MiT&F

MTen

WS&D

WoT&F

2006-07

6th

11

MBBall

FBall

 

Gym

MS&D

WTen

 

WS&D

 

MGolf

Soccer

SB

MTen

Vball

 

2007-08

6th

12

 

 

SB

WTen

Gym

 

WS&D

 

MS&D

MiT&F

WiT&F

WGolf

WoT&F

Soccer

MTen

VBall

 

2008-09

3rd

 

12

FB

SB

MiT&F

MoT&F

 

 

Gym

MS&D

 

WS&D

 

WoT&F

BaseB

Soccer

WTen

VBall

 

2009-10

2nd

 

14

WS&D

MiT&F

WTen

MoT&F

FB

WoT&F

WiT&F

Gym

SB

MS&D

 

BaseB

WCC

 

MTen

VBall

 

2010-11

4th

13

WTen

MiT&F

BaseB

SB

MoT&F

 

MBBall

LAX

MS&D

 

Gym

WS&D

 

MTen

VBall

WGolf

2011-12

 

2nd

12

WTen

MiT&F

MoT&F

Gym

Lax

 

MBBall

VBall

 

 

BaseB

MS&D

MTen

WiT&F

WS&D

2012-13

2nd

12

Gym

MoT&F

MiT&F

 

WTen

 

 

MBBall

Lax

SB

MS&D

WS&D

 

 

FB

Soccer

VB

 

 

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