Gators' overall athletics program finishes No. 2 in the nation
Led by two national championship teams, the Florida athletic program has earned a national second-place finish in the 2009-10 Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup - its highest finish ever.
The Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup is presented annually by the nation’s athletics directors and recognizes the schools with the best overall sports performances in an academic year. Points are awarded based on finishes and participation in 20 NCAA Division I sports. Although points for the sport of baseball are yet to be added, the top three teams in the final Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup are set. Stanford won its 16th consecutive Directors’ Cup on Wednesday at the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) convention in Anaheim, Calif. Virginia will finish third.
Florida is the only program in the nation to finish among the nation’s top 10 in each of the last 27 national all-sports standings. These are the first back-to-back top three appearances for the Gator athletic program. UF finished third in the 2008-09 standings.
The women’s swimming & diving and men’s indoor track & field national championships led a program record 14 Gator athletic teams among the nation’s top 10 in 2009-10, propelling Florida to second in the annual national all-sports competition. Florida last finished as high in 1997-98, when the Gator program tied for second overall.
Florida’s 14 top-10 national team finishes in 2009-10, including nine in the top five, is a school record. The previous high of 12 top-10 finishes was equaled five times in the program’s history,
“NCAA titles by women’s swimming & diving and men’s indoor track & field were certainly highlights of a year which saw so many top-10 finishes by Gator teams,” Florida Athletic Director Jeremy Foley said. “Looking to be among the teams in the hunt at the end is the goal of all of our student-athletes and coaches. We are so fortunate that they compete so hard and represent the University of Florida so well. We look forward to the future as the Gators continue to work toward more success.”