Florida Sweeps Halifax Media Group All-Sports Awards

    With another athletic season just about in the books, the University of Florida recorded one of the best athletic years in recent memory and was awarded with the Halifax Media Group’s Southeastern Conference All-Sports title. This is the 23rd time that Florida has won the distinction.

    Florida won a league-record eight titles (men’s basketball, women’s cross country, gymnastics, soccer, softball, men’s swimming and diving and women’s tennis and volleyball) in the 2012-13 school year on their way to sweep the Halifax Media Group’s award, winning the men’s, women’s and overall honors. This is the 13th time that Florida has won all three awards, a record unmatched by any other conference school.

    “The competition in the Southeastern Conference is so strong. Quite often the same teams competing for league titles are also in the hunt for national hardware,” Florida AD Jeremy Foley said. “We take much pride in the SEC All-Sports title because of the hard work of our coaches and student-athletes that went into winning it.”

    Florida’s eight-league season titles matches the number posted by the 1991-92 Florida athletic department and the 2010-11 University of Georgia athletic department.

    Florida has laid claim to 52 titles since the start of the 2003-04 academic years, the most of any team in the conference in that 10-year span.

    This is the seventh consecutive title for the women of Florida who edged out runner-up Tennessee and Texas A&M, while the men have won the title five years running. Alabama and Georgia followed up the men’s program as runner up and third place respectively.


    Quick Hitters


    • Florida has won 213 SEC team titles in its history. More than any other SEC school.
    • Florida had six athletes win SEC Athlete of the Year honors in 2012-13.
    • Florida has won 23 Overall All-Sports trophies.
    • Florida is the only school in the SEC to win all three categories (overall, men’s, women’s) in the same season.





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