To open up the weekend, the 5th ranked Gator Lacrosse team beat No. 17 Vanderbilt by a final score of 17-5 at home. Florida’s Brittany Dashiell (Bel Air, Md.) tied a career high of six points to help lead the Gators to a win over Vanderbilt. On defense, Mikey Meager (Liverpool, NY.) recorded three ground balls, seven saves, and only allowed five goals throughout the game. Florida’s dominant showing against Vanderbilt in Gainesville was the team’s 10th straight victory.
In a similar fashion, the No. 3/4 Gator Softball team skillfully swept their SEC foes, the Auburn Tigers, at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium. This weekend’s sweep over Auburn was Florida’s fifth sweep against a conference opponent. Florida’s victories on the softball diamond against the Tigers improved their season record to 38-5 (18-2 SEC). When freshman Sami Fagan (Dunnellon, Fla.) stepped up to the plate on Sunday, she got Florida going offensively with a two-RBI double. Fellow freshman, Lauren Haeger (Peoria, Ariz.) assisted the Gators offensively by going 2-for-4 with two RBI. On the mound for Florida, sophomore pitcher Hannah Rogers (Lake Wales, Fla.) did her part by only allowing six hits and two runs. Rogers’ effort against Auburn enabled her to improve her record to 22-3 for the season. The Gators finished the series by beating the Tigers 5-2 on Sunday.
When the Florida Women’s Tennis team travels to Oxford, Mississippi for the 2012 Southeastern Conference championship they will carry with them the No. 1 seed. This is not unknown territory for Florida, as the Gators have claimed the No. 1 or No. 2 seed 22 times since the SEC Tournament was started 24 years ago. During these 24 years, the Gators have won 17 championships and have an overall record of 63-7 in the tournament. Florida’s victory over South Carolina on Saturday ensured that they finished with an 11-0 SEC record for the third year in a row and the 21st time in program history. By earning the No. 1 seed, Florida will also benefit from a first-round bye. The Gators will play the winner of 8-seed Tennessee and 9-seed Auburn for their quarterfinal match.
Not only did Florida’s athletic program have success on the field this weekend, but it also had success off of it. The Gator Volleyball team added three members to their talented 2012 signing class. Head coach Mary Wise announced the additions of outside hitter Živa Recek (Ljubljana, Slovenia), libero Nikki O’Rourke (Clearwater, Fla.), and outside hitter Jackie Swalchick (Melbourne, Fla.) to the class on Friday.
“The 2012 class as a whole, by its talent and depth, has a chance to play a major role in our success over the next four years,” Wise said.
Florida will be bringing in seven talented freshmen, but they will also return eight players and add Louisville transfer Taylor Brauneis (Crystal Lake, Ill). With all of this talent, the Gators will have a chance to contend with every team that they play.