In what will be their first meet of the season, the Florida Gator men’s and women’s Swimming & Diving teams are heading down to Fort Lauderdale for the All-Florida Invitational this weekend.
Both teams will find themselves facing off against some familiar cross-state schools as far as geography is concerned. Keiser University, Miami, Florida Gulf Coast, Lynn University, and hosts Nova Southeastern are some of the teams scheduled to compete.
The Gators come into the annual meet as six-time All-Florida Invitational champions for both the men’s and women’s teams. Last year, the men’s team left the meet with 1,080 points, more than 200 points ahead of second place Florida State’s 829.50. The Gator women’s team ended up with 1,056 points, almost 300 points above Florida State’s second place score of 779.
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For Florida head coach Gregg Troy, this weekend will be used to prepare them for the rest of the season.
Since the end of the 2015-2016 season, Troy has welcomed a total of 26 swimmers and divers, 11 of which are men and the remaining 15 of which are women.
For now, the Gators are mainly focusing on what for many will be their first collegiate meet. Both teams will take to the pools beginning on Friday.