UF roundup: Gators finish 3rd at NCAAs
Published: Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 8:07 p.m.
AUSTIN, Texas — Florida won two national titles, set seven school records and ended the NCAA men's swimming championships in third place with 387 points, representing the highest finish for the Gators since UF also took third in 1991.
The finish also represented the highest the Florida men have finished in the 15 years under coach Gregg Troy's tutelage.
Since Troy took over the men's team before the 1999-2000 season, the Gators have scored a top-10 finish every year. Florida had 13 different swimmers earn a combined 45 NCAA All-American honors to match the most for the program at a single NCAA meet since 2007. The final point total was the most all time for Florida at NCAAs.
The four-man senior class of Marcin Cieslak, Sebastien Rousseau, Brad deBorde and Connor Signorin leave Florida with back-to-back SEC Championships, four NCAA titles and 63 All-American Honors.
California won the team title with 468.5 points, followed by Texas with 417.5 and UF. The Gators finished in front of 2013 champion Michigan by 77 points.
Lacrosse: It will be a battle for the top of the American Lacrosse Conference standings Saturday when No. 4 Florida (11-2) hosts No. 11 Penn State (7-3) at noon at Donald R. Dizney Stadium on campus. The teams are both boasting 2-0 league records. While Florida holds a 4-1 advantage in the series, including a 3-0 record in Gainesville, Penn State won last year's contest, 16-11. In 2013, the Gators and the Nittany Lions shared the ALC regular season title, along with Northwestern.
Shannon Gilroy, who was again named the ALC Offensive Player of the Week on Tuesday, leads the Gators. Gilroy recorded 10 goals, nine draw controls, five caused turnovers and three ground balls to lead the No. 4 Gators past Dartmouth, 14-7, and No. 20 Ohio State, 10-9, last week.
The game will be broadcast on Sun Sports.
Softball: Due to rain in the forecast for the Knoxville (Tenn.) area, Saturday's Florida-Tennessee game has been postponed. The teams will play a doubleheader today beginning at 10 a.m.
Game 2 of the doubleheader will begin at 1 p.m., and will be televised on CSS. If the first game is not completed by noon, play will be suspended and Game 1 will resume following the completion of the second game.
The No. 4 Gators fell to 31-5, 5-5 SEC after Friday's 9-2 loss to the No. 2 Volunteers (29-3, 6-1).
Track and field: Florida's 4x1 and 4x4 relays were a force to be reckoned with at the Texas Relays in Austin, where the men's quartet of Antwan Wright, Hugh Graham, Jr., Arman Hall and Dedric Dukes cruised to a school record 38.29 in the 4x1, a meet record, third-best time in collegiate history and the second-fastest in the world this year at the time of competition.
Najee Glass, Graham, Jr., Dukes and Hall struck later in the day to win the 4x4, making it all about the Gators in the last event of the 87th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays with a 3:01.26 winning performance with the fastest collegiate time, pending other weekend results.
The Gators' continued to carve up the record book, as the women's squad posted the third-fastest 4x1 time in Florida history en route to the top collegiate mark this season so far as Robin Reynolds, Shayla Sanders, Destinee Gause and Ebony Eutsey clocked a 43.60 to take top honors in the women's 4x100-meter relay. Reynolds, senior Lanie Whittaker – who made her 2014 debut Saturday – Gause and Eutsey proceeded to cruise to a second-place 3:27.62 performance in the 4x4 relay to wrap up women's competition.
Women's golf: Junior Camilla Hedberg highlighted round two of the Bryan National Collegiate at Greensboro, N.C., for Florida. Hedberg rolled off two birdies en route to a 1-over (73) finish on the day, placing in the top-25 individually at 4-over (75-73-148) after day two.
Shooting just 2-over as team, at 6-over (582) after two rounds, No. 3 Duke maintained its top spot on the leaderboard by six strokes over second-place Florida State. Florida took the nine spot at 22-over (598).