Florida sweeps GateHouse Media SEC All-Sports titles, again

It hasn’t taken Scott Stricklin long to get used to the athletic culture at the University of Florida.

“It’s amazing how quickly you become accustomed to it,” said the Florida athletic director between innings of the UF softball team’s winning performance in the NCAA softball tournament Sunday. “I’ve been here 6 and a half months and when one team has a bad day, you take it hard because you are so used to all of the success.”

Stricklin was speaking specifically about another SEC All-Sports Award for UF.

Florida won the SEC All-Sports Award for the 27th time, sweeping the three categories for the 16th time.

The award is presented by GateHouse Media, which owns The Gainesville Sun. It will be handed to UF at a football game this fall.

“Obviously, it speaks to the unbelievable culture the coaches and Jeremy (Foley) and everyone has built,” Stricklin said. “It’s an amazing level of consistency to win it as often as the Gators have. And we swept the men and women for the 16th time and no other conference team has swept once.

“It’s fun to be around that level of excellence.”

The trophy is for the 2016-17 athletic year and results were finalized Saturday night when the baseball standings were completed. Florida and LSU tied for the SEC baseball crown.

Baseball was one of five SEC championships won by UF during the athletic season. The Gators also captured titles in women’s golf, softball, men’s swimming and diving and volleyball.

It was the second straight year Florida won five SEC titles.
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