The Gators have six teams that are ranked either No. 1 or No. 2 (or will be) along with three other top 10 units. Chances are these squads will bring home several SEC titles, and there's every reason to think Florida will claim multiple NCAA Titles as well.
Let's take a look at all of those teams, using records as of the morning of March 1 where relevant.
No. 1 Baseball (7-0) --- evin O'Sullivan's team is off to a great start and has arguably the best starting pitching in the country. Last year's top starter to open the season, Tommy Toledo is now No. 4 while last year's top winner Alex Panteliodis (11-3) has not started yet. The guys who have started the first seven games have allowed three earned runs. Add in great defense and enough offense and this team could go all the way.
No. 4 Softball (14-0) --- Tim Walton has another team that seems destined to return to the College World Series in Oklahoma City. Florida is loaded at the plate, hitting .352 with 22 HR and dominant in the circle, allowing just one run a game. Freshman Hannah Rogers (6-0 0.56) has teamed with Senior Stephanie Brombacher (8-0, 0.82) to create a dominant one-two punch. The SEC has four of the top six teams, so winning the SEC will be almost as tough as the NCAA.
No. 1 Gymnastics (11-1) --- Despite a hiccup at Arkansas last Friday Rhonda Faehn may have the team to beat for the NCAA this year. Florida has posted the best three scores in the country and when this team is on it will not get beaten. It will all come down to one night in Cleveland, yes Cleveland to see if this ultra talented squad can have its best night on the right night.
No. 2 Women's Tennis (10-1) --- The Gators are coming off a 4-2 loss to Stanford in the finals of the National Indoor Championships. Roland Thornqvist has a deep, talented roster and a rematch with Stanford at the NCAA Outdoors seems very likely. The Cardinal edged the Gators 4-3 in last year's final, so Florida will be seeking dual redemption if and when they meet again.
No. 1 Men's Track and Field --- Mike Holloway has assembled a powerhouse that is strong indoors and will be ranked No. 1 when the outdoor season begins. Florida just captured the SEC Title and this group could claim one or two NCAA titles before the school year is out.
No. 1 Men's Golf --- Buddy Alexander always has good-to-great teams and this one may be special. Florida finished first, second and third in three fall events and took the first two tournaments of the spring. The Gators don't count many poor rounds and the combination of depth and consistency makes them a threat every time they tee it up.
No. 5 Men's Swimming and Diving --- Greg Troy won the NCAA Title with the Women's team thanks to some breaks and perhaps the Gator Men could do the same this year. Florida out swam Auburn at the SEC meet in Gainesville, but Auburn's advantage in diving won't be as much of a factor at the NCAA meet. At least Florida hopes that's the case. With Conor Dwyer and Marco Loughran leading the way the Gators have to be viewed as a threat.
So there you have it, eight Gator teams that have at least a legitimate shot at winning the NCAA Championship this year and several that are viewed as favorites. It could well be Title Town USA once again in Gainesville this spring.
Multiple NCAA Titles Possible This Spring
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