Since this site covers mostly football and basketball, I'll try to help fill in the gaps by giving a weekend roundup of the Gators performance in the more minor sports.
This weekend got off to a great start Friday for the Men's Swim team, who not only maintained their 2nd place position in the SEC swimming championships at the O'Dome, but closed the gap considerably in trying to chase down the Auburn Tigers, who have strung together a ridiculous streak of 14 consecutive SEC titles. The Gators cut what was a 70 point deficit to a mere 27 points heading into tonight's final events.
On the women's side, #2 ranked Georgia, which trailed #7 Florida by just five points coming into the day, racked up 229 points to take a 52-point edge over the Gators, 515-463, with No. 5 Auburn (425) third. Final day preliminaries are Saturday morning and the finals start at 6pm. Action can be streamed live right here.
The #1 ranked Gymnastics team took an easy victory (by gymnastics standards) over Auburn on senior night in the home finale for the Gators. With just about every gymnast on the roster competing Friday night, the Gators didn't miss a beat, overwhelming No. 22 Auburn 196.850 to 194.950 before a crowd of 6,001 at the O'Dome. The gymnastics team now travels to Morgantown, WV for a tri-meet Sunday against the Mountaineers, U of New Hampshire and George Washington.
Both tennis teams also took big victories Friday while competing at the ITA National Team Indoor Championships. The 10th-seeded Florida men’s tennis team opened with a nail-biting 4-3 win against No. 7-seed Stanford at the Seattle Tennis Club, marking the 400th victory of UF coach Andy Jackson’s career. The Gators will face Duke in today’s quarterfinal at 3 p.m. Meanwhile, the 2nd ranked Lady Gators took down the ninth-ranked Miami Hurricanes, 4-1, in the round of 16. The Ladies tournament is being played in Charlottesville, VA. The Lady Gators next take on 12th ranked Clemson Saturday.
Finally, the #1 ranked Gator baseball team was victorius in its season debut, 7-2 over USF. Attendance at UF's McKethan Stadium was over 5,000 for the game. The Gators continue their 3 game series with USF Saturday afternoon.
The 5th ranked softball team begins a 3-game weekend series at home today with a double header against UNC.
Sunday, the 17th ranked Lacrosse team will continue thier season with a home match against the Univeristy of Denver. The men's hoops team will travel to LSU to take on the struggling Bayou Tigers, but possibly without Chander Parsons, who was injured over a week ago in a collision with Alex Tyus (I note that injuring your teammate is a feat not even Werner could accomplish).
If you live near Gainesville, today would be a great opportunity to get out and support your Gator teams.
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