Florida wins GateHouse Media All-Sports Award

For the 12th consecutive year the Florida Gators athletic program was awarded All-Sports Award presented by GateHouse Media. Florida has won the overall award in 25 of the last 26 years.

It wasn’t a clean sweep as it has been several times during the Gators’ run of dominance, but the close race turned into a rout when the Gators won three SEC titles (baseball, softball and track & field) last weekend, giving Florida six league titles this year.

“The level of competition across Southeastern Conference sports is so challenging, with many league teams contending for national titles. To win the SEC All-Sports trophy is a credit to the efforts of our coaches and the Gator athletes,” Athletic Director Scott Stricklin said.

This is the 28th time that Florida has won the SEC Overall All-Sports title and the 21st time the men have won the award.

Georgia, which came in second overall, won the women’s title this year by a margin of .0051 edging out the Gator women.

Florida has won 240 league titles to date and its 59 league titles in the last 10 years is the most of any team in the SEC.

Florida’s 2017-18 SEC titles:
Florida led the SEC in 2017-18 with six league titles:
Men’s swimming & diving
Men’s outdoor track & field
Women’s outdoor track & field

Along with those team awards the Gators have had six student-athletes earn individual honors.

Rhamat Alhassan – Volleyball Player of the Year
Kelly Barnhill – Softball Pitcher of the Year
Caeleb Dressel – Men’s Swimmer of the Year
Grant Holloway – Indoor Runner of the Year
Amanda Lorenz – Softball Player of the Year
Alex McMurtry – Event Specialist Gymnast of the Year

Final standings
School Score
Florida .76442
Georgia .68632
Texas A&M .64216
Arkansas .57071
South Carolina .55882
Auburn .55425
Tennessee .52000
Kentucky .51202
Alabama .50000
LSU .47837
Vanderbilt .45695
Ole Miss .44101
Miss. State .43258
Missouri .4076

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