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Big Gators Sports Weekend

The Gator Nation has many reasons to be happy this weekend. Numerous  Florida athletic events will be held this weekend.

In softball, the Gators will take on fellow SEC opponent Arkansas in a three game road series.   Florida is 26-2 on the year and the Gators come off a sweep of South Carolina last weekend and it could happen again this weekend as Florida has won 12 straight against the Razorbacks.   However, Gators head coach Tim Walton says that regardless of win-loss record, each team in the SEC is highly competitive. He even went as far as to say the similarities are of that to NCAA basketball.

Also going on all day Friday and Saturday is the NCAA Championships in men’s swimming and diving. Day one of the championships was held on Thursday and one bright spot for UF was senior Brett Frasier as he clocked in at 1:32.21 in the 200 yard freestyle; that time ranked number one on the day and gave Florida an added 20 points.

Another sport on tap this weekend is track and field. The Gators are competing in the UCF Invitational which starts Friday and will extend into Saturday. It will be the first event this season for the outdoor track and field team. Of note, the men’s side comes in ranked number one in the country according to the National Team Computer Rankings posted by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association after winning the national indoor championship the last three years.

The other big event in UF sports this weekend is gymnastics, where the Gators will compete in the SEC championships in Duluth, Georgia.  Florida is ranked number one, but competition should be stiff as five of the top ten in the country are in the SEC. Competition for the event is set for Saturday at 4 PM.

Other Gator sports of interest going on this weekend include men and women’s tennis on Friday, baseball all weekend, lacrosse at Ohio State Saturday and the Florida men’s basketball team in the Elite Eight Saturday afternoon.

 

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