Florida Sweeps All-Sports Title

The University of Florida continues on its tear through the Southeastern Conference by garnering yet another sweep of the New York Times Regional Newspaper Group's Southeastern Conference All-Sports competition. The Gators claim the league's best average in Men's, Women's and overall standings for the 2008-2009 academic year.

It is the ninth sweep overall for the Gator program and Florida is the only school to collect all three titles in a single year. The overall SEC All-Sports title is the 19th for Florida, while the Gator program also earned its 16th women's and 13th men's titles.

The New York Times Regional Newspaper Group took over coordination of the SEC All-Sports rankings in 1994-95. Prior to that, the league tabulated the SEC All-Sports totals. Most feel it is because Florida was so dominant in winning the title every year.

The New York Times Regional Newspaper Group, which includes 14 newspapers throughout the Southeastern United States, awards trophies to the league school which captures each of those three all-sports titles. A first-place SEC finish is worth 12 points, second is given 11 points, and so on. 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. A school's point total is divided by the number of sports it fields to arrive at the average.

Florida won six regular-season SEC Championships in 2008-09 to raise its total to 44 since the 1999-00 academic year, the most by any conference school during the 10-year span. The Gators took the SEC crown in football, soccer, softball, women's swimming & diving, women's outdoor track & field and volleyball.

Florida finished this year with total 162.50 points in 16 sports to win the overall all-sports title with an average of 10.16 points. Georgia was second with an average of 8.34 points in 16 sports. The `10.16 average is the highest by Florida.

The Florida women stayed on top for the third consecutive year with an average of 10.28 points (92.5 points in nine sports). Tennessee was second with 72.50 points (9.06 average for eight sports).

In men's competition, the Gators tallied 70 points for an average of 10.00 points in its seven sports. The LSU men's program was second with its seven sport average of 8.21.

Since the 1991-92 academic year the Gators have finished first in every year in the overall competition except 2005-06 when they finished second. In that same time frame, neither the men's nor women's groups have finished any lower than third in their respective classes. The conference realigned in 1992 to bring in tow additional teams and make it a 12 team conference.

The Gators hope to finish in the top 10 nationally for successful athletic programs. It would mark the 26th year in a row for such an accomplishment and would join UCLA as the only other team to accomplish that feat since 1983.

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