Florida's men's track, women's swiming teams to be honored at White House today
Two days after running up 255 all-purpose yards in Florida's 38-14 win over South Florida, Gators' RB/NCAA track champion Jeff Demps will join the Florida men's track and field team and the women's swimming and diving team at the White House today.
The teams are among the 33 NCAA Division I Championship teams that will be recognized at the White House for their accomplishments during the 2009-10 season. The teams will participate in a reception hosted by President Barack Obama on the White House lawn.
Along with the White House ceremony, the Gators will take part in a bus tour of Washington, D.C. and a visit to Capitol Hill.
The Florida men’s track and field team won its first NCAA Indoor Championship last March, scoring 57 total team points and winning by 13 points over second-place Oregon and Texas A&M. The Gators tied for the national lead in All-America honors at that event with 14.
“It is truly an honor for me, the staff, the team and everyone associated with the track and field program to be able to go to Washington, visit the White House and meet the President of the United States,” Florida track and field coach Mike Holloway said. “It is truly one of those special events in life that we will never forget; something special we can all share with our families and friends.”
The Florida women’s swimming and diving team won the 2010 NCAA Championship, totaling 382 points for a 2.5-point victory over second-place Stanford, the second-closest NCAA Championship swimming and diving competition in history.
“This is an absolutely fantastic opportunity for our team, coaches and staff to be able to visit the White House,” Florida swimming and diving coach Gregg Troy said. “It is a great way to punctuate last year as we look towards this upcoming season.”