Thanks to conference titles in six sports, the Florida Gators have taken home the SEC’s All-Sports title for the 12th consecutive year.
UF won the SEC in softball, baseball, men’s and women’s track and field, men’s swimming and volleyball. The Gators won the men’s title by a large margin while finishing a close second to Georgia on the women’s side.
“The level of competition across Southeastern Conference sports is so challenging, with many league teams contending for national titles,” Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin said in a press release. “To win the SEC All-Sports trophy is a credit to the efforts of our coaches and the Gator athletes.”
Florida took home the overall crown with an impressive 159 points. Points are awarded based on how many competing teams are in a given sport. For example, the SEC football champion receives 14 points, while the runner-up receives 13 points, and so on.
Here’s the full explainer, per the press release:
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.
UF’s next accomplishment could come on June 29 when the final Learfield Director’s Cup national standings are released. The Gators have placed in the top 10 in those rankings every year since 1983, the only program in the country to accomplish such a feat.
Before that, Florida’s softball team will look for national redemption after losing in the Women’s College World Series a year ago, and the Gator baseball team will try to repeat as champions.