The Florida softball team resumes action on the diamond today against North Florida at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium.
The Gators’ first home game of 2018 will be under the lights at 6 p.m. Last weekend the team opened the season with a 5-0 record while at the USF Wilson-DeMarini Tournament in Tampa.
Florida picked up key victories over then No. 18 Michigan, 2-0, and host institution USF, 14-3 in a five-inning game.
Florida owns a 7-0 record against the team (2-3) from Jacksonville.
Women’s golf: After being as high as fifth on the final day of competition, the Gators placed seventh at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge in Palos Verdes, Calif.
The finish was better than six top 25 teams including No. 2 Duke and No. 8 Oklahoma State. The Gators carded a three-round total of 889 (+37) at Palos Verdes Golf Club while having two players finish in the top 25 on the leaderboard.
Carlotta Ricolfi was Florida’s top finisher placing 11th in the event with a three-day total of 219 (+6).
Taylor Tomlinson matched Ricolfi’s final-round score of 74 to move up 10 spots and into a tie for 23rd overall. Tomlinson, who recorded her first collegiate hole-in-one in round two, turned in a three-round total of 222 (+9).
UCLA won with a 867 (+15).
Swimming and diving: The No. 3 UF men’s team and No. 17 women’s team begin competition at the SEC Championships today through Sunday at College Station, Texas.
Preliminaries begin at 11 a.m. EST each day, with finals to begin at 7 p.m. Diving prelims are set to begin at 11:30 a.m. EST today, then 2 p.m. EST from Thursday-Sunday.
The UF men sit at a 7-1 dual meet record, including four wins over SEC schools. The women have an overall dual meet record of 4-5, with an SEC win over Alabama.
Eight men’s teams and seven women’s teams are ranked in the latest CSCAA poll, with Florida leading the men’s side and Texas A&M leading the women at second in the country.
The men are looking for their six consecutive SEC Championship and 39th in school history, while the women’s squad is looking for the 18th conference title in history and the program’s first championship since 2009.
Gymnastics: Senior All-American Kennedy Baker is the SEC Specialist Gymnast of the Week and Alyssa Baumann is the SEC Freshman of the Week.
This is the first honor for Baker this season and second of her career. Baumann claims her second SEC Freshman of the Week honor of 2018.
Baker waited through the entire meet to compete as Florida’s final performer of the competition. And it was worth the wait, as Baker anchored Florida’s floor exercise lineup with a 10.0, the third 10.0 floor mark of her career.
Baumann scored a pair of 9.925 in Friday’s win over Alabama at the O’Connell Center.
Indoor Track and Field: For the second time this season, sophomore hurdler, jumper and sprinter Grant Holloway garnered United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Division I Men’s National Athlete of the Week honors.
Holloway broke the 60-meter hurdles collegiate record last Friday, crossing in 7.42 seconds and shaving three hundredths of a second off the record, set by Omar McLeod — who finished second to Holloway in the record-breaking race — at the 2015 NCAA Indoor Championships. That run also made Holloway, 20, the second man in history to run 7.42 or faster prior to his 21st birthday, joining Cuba’s Dayron Robles as the only other man to do so (per records kept by alltime-athletics).