Florida's top 2007-08 finishes both came during the month of May. The Gator softball squad capped its best season in the 12-year history of the program by tying for third in their first Women's College World Series appearance. Women's tennis advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA Championships for the 19th time in the last 22 years.
The complete list of Florida's 2007-08 top-10 teams includes:
"Florida teams throughout the year found success on the national stage, as shown by the 12 teams among the final top 10," Florida Athletics Director Jeremy Foley said. "We are truly fortunate to have elite caliber student-athletes and coaches that push themselves each and every year to place Florida among the nation's top athletics programs. As good of a year it was, we know that our coaches and student-athletes will look for further success in the upcoming season."
In Southeastern Conference action, Florida led the league with five team championships in 2007-08 - women's golf, soccer, softball, women's tennis and volleyball. Those titles helped UF claim its 18th New York Times Regional Newspaper Group SEC All-Sports title. Florida also won its 15th SEC Women's All-Sports title, while the Gator men finished runner up to Tennessee. The SEC Male Athlete of the Year went to Tim Tebow, who had a spectacular sophomore season as he won the Heisman Trophy, the Davey O'Brien and Maxwell Awards.
Individually, three Gators claimed a total of five NCAA individual titles in 2008. Senior Caroline Burckle picked up two of swimming's highest honors - NCAA Swimmer of the Year and the Honda Sports Award for Swimming and Diving - after winning the NCAA 200 and 500 freestyle titles. Sophomore Gemma Spofforth became the first UF swimmer since 1995 to win back-to-back national championships, capturing both the 100 and 200 backstroke titles. At the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, sophomore Mariam Kevkhishvili's used a school-record throw to claim the NCAA Indoor shot put crown. During the 2007-08 season, 78 UF student-athletes earned 177 All-America honors.
Florida was also successful away from the athletic arena in 2007-08, as a total of 187 UF student-athletes earned SEC Academic Honor Roll accolades - the second-highest total in school history. The SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year was a Gator in two sports (Kevin Nead/men's swimming and Rebekah Zaiser/gymnastics). Four UF student-athletes (Amber McCray-volleyball, Nead-swimming at-large, Stacey Nelson-softball, Tebow-football) also earned spots on 2007-08 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America teams.
2007-08 U.S. SPORTS ACADEMY DIRECTORS' CUP STANDINGS
1. Stanford 1461.00
2. UCLA 1182.00
3. Michigan 1161.50
4. Arizona State 1146.00
5. Texas 1129.50
6. Florida 1126.75
7. California 1120.00
8. LSU 1085.00
9. Penn State 1041.00
10. Georgia 1040.00
Courtesy UF Sports Information