Florida Gators sweep SEC All-Sports Media titles

Special report on the Florida Gators

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Five team titles led the University of Florida athletics program to a sweep of the 2016-17 GateHouse Media Southeastern Conference All-Sports titles.

[cid:image003.jpg@01D2D270.97879160]It is the 16th time the Gator program has taken each of the three titles – overall, men and women. UF is the only school to collect the three titles in a single season.

Tabulation for the SEC All-Sports standings finished after the conclusion of baseball play Saturday, the final sport to determine a league champion in the 2016-17 season. Florida and LSU shared the 2017 SEC baseball title. It was Florida’s fifth SEC crown in 2016-17, equaling Arkansas for the season’s high for team titles.

The overall SEC All-Sports title is the 27th for Florida, while the Gator program also earned its 23rd women’s and 20th men’s titles.

Did You Know?

*         Florida’s 234 all-time league team titles<http://floridagators.com/sports/2015/12/10/_overview_.aspx> are the most in the SEC. In the last 10 seasons, UF leads the league with 58 titles.

Florida’s 2016-17 SEC titles:
Five Florida team won league titles, equaling the league high for 2016-17:

*         Baseball

*         Women’s Golf

*         Softball

*         Men’s swimming & diving

*         Volleyball

One other Florida sport claimed a league crown in 2017 as the Gator lacrosse team won the BIG EAST title for the third consecutive year.

SEC Athletes of the Year:
Five Gators picked up SEC Athletes of the Year honors in 2016-17:

Kelly Barnhill

Softball Pitcher of the Year

Canyon Barry

Men’s Basketball Sixth Man of the Year

KeAndrea Bates

Indoor Field Athlete of Year

Caeleb Dressel

Men’s Swimmer of the Year

Alex McMurtry

Gymnast of the Year

Florida Athletics Director Scott Stricklin says:
“Five SEC titles and several other Gator teams in the hunt for league rings – there certainly was plenty for Florida fans to cheer this season. This sweep of SEC All-Sport titles is due to the drive and heart shown by the exceptional Gator coaches and student-athletes throughout this season.”

Scott Stricklin
University of Florida Athletics Director

How is the GateHouse Media SEC All-Sports titles figured?
Points are awarded based on the number of competing teams in a sport (e.g. – 14 teams compete in SEC baseball, giving the winner 14 points, second gets 13, etc. Four teams compete in equestrian, awarding four points to the winner). A program’s points total is divided by the total number of teams competing in the sports the school fields and that quotient ranks the teams in the final GateHouse Media standings. The sports of cross country, indoor and outdoor track & field are combined. A program’s outdoor track finish makes up half, while the remaining two quarters are based on the cross country and indoor finishes.

GateHouse Media Southeastern Conference All-Sports formula

Total points for school’s finish in each SEC sport it competes in

/

Total number of teams competing
in sports a school fields

=

Quotient ranked for
program finish

(e.g. – SEC baseball champion receives 14 points; equestrian 4 points)

(e.g. – Florida men’s total of 92 participating teams derived by adding
14 (base) + 14 (MBB) + 14 (FB) + 14 (GLF) + 10 (S&D) + 13 (TEN) + 13 (T&F) = 92

About the SEC All-Sports Trophy:
This is the third year GateHouse Media, which owns The Gainesville Sun as well as dozens of other publications around the country, awards the overall, men’s and women’s SEC All-Sports trophies.

The Halifax Media Group awarded the 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14 trophies. The New York Times Regional Newspaper Group gave the awards from the 1994-95 through 2010-11 seasons. Prior to that, the league tabulated the SEC All-Sports totals.

What’s Next?
UF is hopeful of finishing among the nation’s top 10 most successful overall athletic programs for the 34th consecutive year with the release of final national all-sports rankings<http://www.nacda.com/directorscup/nacda-directorscup-current-scoring.html> June 30 or July 1. Florida is the only school to finish among the nation’s top 10 overall most successful athletic programs each year since 1983.

Let’s Look at the Charts:

2016-17 SEC All-Sports Overall All-Sports Standings

Place

School

Points

Total # of
Part. teams

Quotient

1

Florida

208

168.5

0.8101

2

Texas A&M

204

138.5

0.67892

3

Kentucky

208

126

0.60577

4

Georgia

212

124

0.58491

5

Arkansas

198

110

0.55556

6

Alabama

208

114.5

0.55048

7

South Carolina

204

109

0.53431

8

LSU

208

108

0.51923

9

Auburn

212

107

0.50472

10

Tennessee

200

90

0.45

11

Vanderbilt

164

73.5

0.44817

12

Mississippi

178

77

0.43258

13

Missouri

195

84

0.43077

14

Mississippi State

178

72

0.40449

Men

Place

School

Points

Total # of
Part. teams

Quotient

1

Florida

92

80.5

0.8750

2

Texas A&M

92

63.5

0.6902

3

Arkansas

82

51

0.6220

4

Alabama

92

56

0.6087

5

Georgia

92

55

0.5978

6

Kentucky

92

54.5

0.5924

7

LSU

92

48.5

0.5272

8

Mississippi

82

42.5

0.5183

9

South Carolina

92

45.5

0.4946

10

Auburn

92

45

0.4891

11

Vanderbilt

82

39.5

0.4817

12

Mississippi State

82

30.5

0.3720

13

Tennessee

92

33

0.3587

14

Missouri

79

26

0.3291

Women

Place

School

Points

Total # of
Part. teams

Quotient

1

Florida

116

88

0.7586

2

Texas A&M

112

75

0.6696

3

Kentucky

116

71.5

0.6164

4

Georgia

120

69

0.5750

5

South Carolina

112

63.5

0.5670

6

Tennessee

108

57

0.5278

7

Auburn

120

62

0.5167

8

LSU

116

59.5

0.5129

9

Arkansas

116

59

0.5086

10

Alabama

116

58.5

0.5043

11

Missouri

116

58

0.5000

12

Mississippi State

96

41.5

0.4323

13

Vanderbilt

82

34

0.4146

14

Mississippi

96

34.5

0.3594

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