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Athletics & Recreation
The University of Florida athletics program took fourth in the 2010-11 Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings. It is Florida’s third 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 28 national all-sports standings.
In addition, the inaugural Capital One Cup went to the Gator men’s program. At the 2011 ESPYs, Florida received the Capital One Cup trophy and a $200,000 donation to fund student-athlete scholarships.
The men’s indoor track and field and women’s tennis national championships led the 13 Gator athletic teams among the nation’s top 10 in 2010-11. That number is just one away from the program’s record 14 top-10 teams in 2009-10.
A total of nine conference titles were claimed by the University of Florida in the course of the 2010-11 season. This includes a league-record eight team titles in Southeastern Conference action. The win by Florida’s newest team pushed the total to nine, as the Gators took their first American Lacrosse Conference title in 2011.
SEC crowns claimed by the Gators in 2010-11 include men’s basketball, women’s cross country, men’s golf, soccer, women’s tennis, men’s indoor track & field, volleyball and a share of the baseball title. It was the second time in the program’s history that Florida matched the league record for titles in a single season. Those titles helped UF sweep the New York Times Regional Newspaper Group SEC All-Sports titles. It was the 21st overall title for UF, 18th women’s and 15th men’s.
In 2010-11, 222 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 14 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 82 percent in 2010 NCAA Federal Graduation Rate Data – three points above the national average. Of the top 10 programs in the 2010-11 Learfield Sports Director’s Cup Standings, Florida is one of five to post a GSR of 82 percent or higher in 2010. All Gator teams are in good academic standing in latest Academic Progress Report released late in May.
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.