On the other hand, the No. 12 Florida men's tennis team was bested by the No. 5 Ohio State Buckeyes 4-1 in the Round of 16 of the 2012 NCAA Tennis Championships. Although the team fell short, Florida will have Bob van Overbeek, Nassim Slilam, and Tripper Carleton compete in the individual singles championships. Slilam and Billy Federhofer will appear in the doubles championships. The tournaments will be held next week, following the team championships, at the University of Georgia.
Currently, the Florida lacrosse team is performing well on the field. Based on the talent of their recruiting class, it appears that they will continue winning in the years to come. Under Armour, Inc. and Corrigan Sports Enterprises, Inc. announced on Wednesday that three Gator lacrosse signees will get a chance to compete in the 2012 Under Armour All-American Lacrosse Classic. Darcy Messina, Sam Darcangelo, and Devon Schneider will participate in the event.
Two former Gator women's basketball players made big strides as professional athletes this week. Aneika Henry and DeLisha Milton Jones have claimed spots on WNBA Opening Day rosters. Henry will represent the Gators while playing for the Atlanta Dream and Milton-Jones will represent the Orange and Blue while playing for the Los Angeles Sparks.
For the first time in the history of the Gator women's track & field program, a member of the outdoor team was named the SEC Runner of the Year. On Friday, the SEC announced that Genevieve LaCaze has earned the SEC Co-Women's Runner of the Year title. As a freshman, LaCaze was named the SEC Women's Freshman Runner of the Year.
This Thursday, the NCAA announced that Florida has qualified for 45 slots in the preliminary round of the NCAA Outdoor Championships. 21 Gator men and 24 Gator women will compete on May 24-26 in Jacksonville, Florida. After the preliminary meet, 24 individuals and 12 relays will move on to Des Moines, Iowa to participate in the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Dwight Barbiasz (High Jump), Tyler Cardillo (800 Meters), Omar Craddock (Long Jump, Triple Jump), Jeff Demps (100 Meters), Marquis Dendy (Long Jump, Triple Jump), Dedric Dukes (200 Meters), Hugh Graham, Jr. (400 Meters), Frankie Hammond, Jr. (High Jump), Josh Izewski (5,000 Meters), Eddie Lovett (110 Meter Hurdles), Tony McQuay (400 Meters), John Mitchell (800 Meters), Mark Parrish (3,000 Meter Steeplechase), Jeremy Postin (Hammer Throw), Leonardo Seymore (200 Meters), David Triassi (Hammer Throw), Stipe Zunic (Javelin Throw), 4x100-Meter Relay Team, 4x400-Meter Relay Team
Ciarra Brewer (Women's Triple Jump), Amani Bryant (400 Meter Hurdles), Taylor Burke (High Jump), Callie Cooper (10,000 Meters), Darshay Davis (100 Meters, 200 Meters), Kaitlin Davis (Discus Throw), Ebony Eutsey (400 Meters), Lorraine Graham (Long Jump), Daniela Griffin (Long Jump), Brittany Harrell (Heptathlon), Shelby Hayes (1,500 Meters), Genevieve LaCaze (3,000 Meter Steeplechase), Cory McGee (1,500 Meters), Ashley Miller (Discus Throw), Ugonna Ndu (100 Meter Hurdles, 400 Meter Hurdles), Florence Ngetich (10,000 Meters), Mandy Perkins (1,500 Meters), Stephanie Strasser (3,000 Meter Steeplechase), Agata Strausa (1,500 Meters), Ashley Usery (400 Meter Hurdles), Lanie Whittaker (400 Meters), 4x400-Meter Relay Team