Gators To Finish No. 3 Nationally

If I did the math right – and there's no guarantee that I did – the Florida Gators will finish third in the annual All-Sports standings. The third place finish will tie the 1995-96 and 2001-02 Gators for the second best All-Sports finish in school history.

The Gators finished second in 1997-98, but have never won the competition which has been dominated by Stanford through the years. The Cardinal, in fact, has already clinched its 15th straight All-Sports title.

All that remains for the final tally is the end of the College World Series, but the results to this point spell out how everything should add up. Right now USC (1,137.75 points) is in second place followed by Michigan (1,131.80), North Carolina (1,131.25) and the Gators (1,108.75).

However neither the Trojans nor the Wolverines earned NCAA Baseball Tournament berths so their point totals are set. The same is true of sixth-place California (1,072.00), but not No. 7 Texas (1,015.50).

The Gators will finish tied for ninth in the baseball standings with the other eight Super Regional losers. The Gators should get about 60 points for that performance, which would jump them ahead of Michigan and USC but not North Carolina which made it to the College World Series. Despite playing for the National Title, Texas cannot catch the Gators overall.

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Bye-Bye Bruins

The Gators will reach a special milestone when the final standings are tabulated. The Gators will earn the school's 26th straight top 10 finish since the standings were first tabulated in the 1983-84 school. Only UCLA has been able to match that consistency… until now.

The Bruins are No. 15 in the latest standings and did not earn a spot in the baseball tournament so its run of top 10 finishes will come to a close. As a result Florida will soon be the only school in the nation to be able to claim top ten finishes every year. That's a tremendous accomplishment.

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Florida's season was highlighted by Urban Meyer's Football team claiming the schools third national title and second in three years. Florida also got second place finishes from Softball and Men's Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field. The Gymnastics team added another top four finish, while both Swim teams ended up in the top 10 along with Women's Outdoor Track.

The Gators also got plenty of points from Volleyball, Soccer, Women's Tennis and Baseball of which ended up in eight-way ties for ninth place.

In case you're wondering, Florida will finish about 250 points behind Stanford. That's two national titles and a No. 16 finish in addition to everything else the Gators accomplished.


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