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Athletics & Recreation
The University of Florida athletics program took fourth in the 2014-15 Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings. It is Florida’s seventh consecutive top-four finish in the rankings.
Florida is the only program in the nation to finish among the nation’s top 10 in each of the last 32 national all-sports standings.
The gymnastics and softball NCAA championships led the 13 Gator athletic teams among the nation’s top 10 in 2014-15. That number is just one away from the program’s record 14 top-10 teams in 2009-10.
A total of seven conference titles were claimed by the University of Florida in the course of the 2014-15 season. This includes a league-high in Southeastern Conference action - softball, men’s swimming & diving, women’s tennis, men’s indoor and outdoor track & field, volleyball). The win by Florida’s youngest team pushed the total to seven, as the Gators took the 2015 BIG EAST lacrosse title in their first season in the league.
The six league crowns led the Gator program to claim the 2014-15 GateHouse Media Southeastern Conference All-Sports Title. It is the 25th overall title for the Gator program, which leads the league.
In 2015-15, 191 University of Florida student-athletes earned spots on SEC Academic or SEC First-Year Academic Honor Rolls. UF is the only SEC school to place 100 or more student-athletes on the Academic Honor Roll each of the last 18 years. The SEC annually selects an Academic Honor Roll for each team that honors student-athletes who have posted cumulative 3.0 grade point averages for the previous academic year.
UF posted a Graduation Success Rate of 83 percent in 2014 NCAA Federal Graduation Rate Data. All Gator teams are in good academic standing in latest Academic Progress Report released by the NCAA in the spring of 2015.
Students are encouraged to participate in all forms of recreational activities. More than 90 percent take advantage of the numerous outdoor courts and playing fields on campus, and in the O’Connell Center, the Student Recreation and Fitness Center, the Southwest Rec Center and the Florida Gymnasium for indoor sports. In all, Florida offers more than 60 intramural and club sports ranging from archery to weightlifting.
Near the campus are many recreational lakes and rivers, including university-owned Lake Wauburg. The beaches of the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean are just a short drive away.
One thousand people can participate simultaneously in eight different recreational activities in the O’Connell Center, which seats 12,000 for concerts and other events. Also on campus are open spaces, small ponds, picnic areas, shady nooks and an 81-acre wildlife sanctuary that provide opportunities to enjoy Florida’s year-round outdoor life.