Softball Gators a #5 Seed

For most students, the end of the spring semester means that it is time to take finals and write papers, for some student athletes at the University of Florida it means that it is time to compete for championships and post-season honors. When the Gators took the field this weekend, there were many bright moments and some disappointments. Overall, it was a very successful weekend.

On Saturday, the Florida softball team fell to Alabama by a score of 10-1 in the SEC Tournament Championship. Although the Gators were not able to pull out the championship victory, three Florida softball players were named to the SEC All- Tournament Team. Sophomore Cheyenne Coyle (West Hills, Calif.), freshman Sami Fagan (Dunnellon, Fla.) and freshman Lauren Hager (Peoria, Ariz.) were rewarded for their great efforts throughout the tournament.

Now that the SEC Tournament is over, Florida will move on to play in the NCAA Tournament. The Gators received the No. 5 overall seed and will host FGCU, UCF, and USF in the Gainesville Regional. This season marks the 10th straight season and the 13th time in program history that the Gators will host an NCAA regional.

During the SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships, quite a few Gator athletes stood out. For the women, sophomore Brittany Harrell (McComb, Miss.) had a great day on Friday. She set a new school record and personal best of 5,838 points in the women's heptathlon. In six of the seven events, Harrell achieved personal bests.

For the men, Jeremy Postin (Auburndale, Fla.) earned the first SEC outdoor men's hammer throw title in Florida history. His throw of 68.18m/223-8 allowed him to secure the title.

On the third day of competition, freshman high jumper Taylor Burke (Medina, Ohio) and senior runner Genevieve LaCaze (Queensland, Australia) both took home individual SEC titles. LaCaze became the SEC's first three-time women's 3000-meter steeplechase champion with her performance on Saturday. LaCaze earned the 2012 SEC Track & Field Commissioner's Trophy. For Burke, her jump of 1.83m/6-0 was a career best. The jump helped Burke to secure her first-ever SEC title. In the end, the Gator women finished second overall in the 2012 SEC Track & Field Championships and the men finished fourth.

The Florida lacrosse team turned in a great performance in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday. With their 6-4 win over the University of Albany, the Gators extended their winning streak to 14. The Orange and Blue will move on to face Penn State in the NCAA Quarterfinals on May 19th at 12:30 p.m.

On the court, the Florida women's tennis team outshined South Carolina State in the first round of the 2012 NCAA Women's Tennis Championships. The Gators now hold an all-time 14-0 record in the NCAA Round of 64. The Gators went on to secure their spot in the NCAA Round of 16 with a 16-0 win over Washington State on Saturday. On Thursday, May 17 Florida will face Michigan (21-7) at 7 p.m. in Athens.

The Gator men's tennis team will also move on to the Round of 16 in the NCAA Championships after beating No. 24 Harvard 4-0. This is the third year in a row that Florida will participate in the Round of 16. In their next contest, the Gators will compete against fifth-seeded Ohio State. The match will take place on Friday, May 18 at noon.

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