Roundup: Sloan receives SEC honor


Published: Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 11:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 12:07 a.m.

For the third week in a row, a Gator is the pick for Southeastern Conference Gymnast of the Week, the league office announced Tuesday. This week, Bridget Sloan earned her first such honor as she was the SEC Freshman of the Week for the opening week of the season. Georgia’s Kaylan Earls is the SEC Specialist of the Week and Auburn’s Caitlin Atkinson is the SEC Freshman of the Week. Sloan is the first freshman to be named SEC Gymnast of the Week this season.

Sloan claimed her first collegiate all-around win as No. 1 Florida defeated No. 22 Arkansas on the road on Friday. She posted an all-around total of 39.55, a collegiate-best for her, sharing the title with teammate Ashanee Dickerson.

Track & Field: Athletes Dedric Dukes and Arman Hall have been honored by the Southeastern Conference as the Men’s Runner of the Week and Men’s Co-Freshman of the Week, respectively, the league offices in Birmingham, Ala. announced Tuesday.

Swimming: In the latest Endless Pools/CollegeSwimming.com, the Gator women were awarded the top spot in the poll for their upset of SEC foe Tennessee Friday on Senior Night. The Gators won 167-133 to give the Lady Vols their first loss of the season. The UF men came in at No. 4 for their performance at the SMU Classic in early January.

Lacrosse: Florida has been picked No. 3 in the preseason IWLCA Division I poll, announced on Tuesday.

The Gators received three first-place votes in the poll, which ranked reigning national champion Northwestern and runner-up Syracuse ahead of the Gators. Of the Top 20, Florida is set to play nine teams in the regular season with two other opponent receiving votes. Five of six ALC teams (Northwestern, Florida, Penn State, Ohio State, Johns Hopkins) are ranked in the top 20 and Vanderbilt also received votes in the poll.

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