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Florida finished third in the 2017-18 Division I Learfield Directors’ Cup, the National Association of Collegiate Athletics Directors announced Saturday.
Stanford completed a wire-to-wire lead to capture the Cup again.
It is the Gators’ 10th consecutive top-5 finish in the national standing and is the only program to finish among the nation’s top 10 in each of the last 35 national all-sports standings. In May, Florida won the SEC All-Sports Award presented by GateHouse Media for the 12th consecutive academic year.
“What a fantastic year for our Gator student-athletes and coaches,” UF Athletics Director Scott Stricklin said in a news release. “Florida’s 12 top-five team finishes equals the nation’s high and that includes another NCAA title by our men’s track & field program. We compete against some of the nation’s best, as Southeastern Conference teams made up seven of the final top 20 in the Learfield Directors’ Cup.
“Top competition at a top-10 public university gives our student-athletes, coaches and fans a great experience.”
A school-record 12 Florida teams finished among the nation’s top five. That equals Stanford for the nation’s 2017-18 high for top-five team finishes.
The men’s indoor track & field team claimed the NCAA Championship at the 2018 event held in College Station, Texas. It was the fourth indoor title for the Gators and first since 2012. A Gator men’s team has hoisted either an indoor or outdoor NCAA Championship trophy every year but two since 2010. Florida boasts eight NCAA track & field team titles since 2010-a total that leads all of Division I by three during that span.
This is the 10th consecutive season with a Gator team winning a national team title. Florida is one of three programs with a national title each year since the 2008-09 season and UF has collected 19 championships in that span.
The 12 Gator teams among the nation’s final top five passes the previous program record of 10 set in 2009-10 and matched in 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2016-17 seasons. Here’s the complete list of Gator top-10 teams:
*Men’s Indoor Track & Field (No. 1)
*Men’s Outdoor Track & Field (No. 2)
*Volleyball (No. 2)
*Gymnastics (No. 3)
*Baseball (No. T-3)
*Women’s Indoor Track & Field (No. 4)
*Men’s Swimming & Diving (No. 5)
* Women’s Outdoor Track & Field (No. 5)
* Lacrosse (No. T-5)
* Soccer (No. T-5)
* Softball (No. T-5)
* Men’s Tennis (No. T-5)
Stanford won with 1442.00 points, while UCLA (1326.00), UF (1216.00), Southern California (1147.00) and Texas (1143.25) round out the top five. Georgia (1046.350), in eighth, and Texas A&M (1005.50), in 10th, are the other SEC teams in the Top 10. FSU finished ninth with 1038.75 points.
With the updated scoring system this year, all scores are counted for men’s and women’s basketball, baseball and women’s volleyball. Additionally, only up to 15 other of the highest scores are included in the final score.
The Learfield Directors’ Cup was developed as a joint effort between NACDA and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution’s finish in NCAA Championships.
Six Gators claimed eight NCAA individual titles in 2018.
Caeleb Dressel knows how to exit the collegiate stage. At the 2018 NCAA Championships, he won the 50 and 100-yard freestyle, 100 butterfly and led off Florida’s NCAA champion 200 free relay team. It was his fourth consecutive 50 free title, third straight 100 free and he repeated as the 100 fly champion (42.80). At the NCAAs, he stunned the swimming world as he is the first to dip below the 18 (50 free – 17.63) and 40 second (100 free – 39.90) thresholds. His times gave him American, NCAA and U.S. Open records for each of his individual wins.
Senior Jan Switkowski used a career-best 1:39.54 to win the 200-yard individual medley. Florida leads all programs with eight 200 IM titles in the last 26 NCAA Championships. He joined Dressel, Enzo Martinez-Scarpe and Mark Szaranek on Florida’s first NCAA title 200-yard free relay team.
Alex McMurtry finished her Gator career by claiming a share of the NCAA vault title. Florida is the nation’s only program to have a gymnast claim at least one NCAA individual event title each of the last eight seasons.
Sophomore Grant Holloway became the second in Division I history to win both the indoor 60-meter hurdles and outdoor 110-meter hurdles NCAA titles. He is the fourth man in history and first since Florida’s Josh Walker (2004-05) to repeat as the 110 hurdles champion. At the NCAA Indoor meet, he became the fifth to defend his 60 hurdles crown.