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Crowned: Gators earn repeat title (and win a bunch of other games too)

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GAINESVILLE -- Normally, I don’t scribe about Florida’s secondary sports, but I’d be remiss if I failed to mention the hardware (and wins) the Gators collected over a profitable weekend. 

Somewhere, Jeremy Foley is stoked. 

To wit:

* Florida’s women’s gymnastics team clinched back-to-back national titles Saturday night, tying Oklahoma for the first-ever co-champs in the NCAA Super Six. The Gators, who’s team score of 198.175 was the highest score in the history of the NCAA Championships, rallied with a dominating floor rotation and capped a remarkable comeback to share the stage with the Sooners.  

* No. 4 UF’s women’s lacrosse team topped No. 5 Northwestern 13-12 on the road, winning its fourth straight American Lacrosse Conference title.  

* The fifth-ranked Gators women’s softball team swept No. 21 Texas A&M in Gainesville, as coach Tim Walton earned his 600th career victory with Sunday’s 8-0 shutout. 

* Kevin O’Sullivan’s pesky baseball team, ranked No. 18 nationally, swept Georgia at home with a 10-3 win on Easter. Following a rainout Friday evening, the Gators played a double-header Saturday and won three games in roughly 24 hours. 

And while we’re here, some other news and notes over the past week...

PIPELINE CONTINUES

Rivals100 cornerback Marcus Lewis verbally committed to the Gators last Thursday, continuing Florida’s tradition of landing top-flight defensive backs under head coach Will Muschamp. 

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The 2015 four-star corner, originally out of Washington D.C.’s Gonzaga High, is planning on transferring to IMG Academy in Bradenton this summer -- according to multiple recruiting outlets. 

Lewis is the sixth prospect verbally pledged to Florida’s 2015 recruiting class. 

THIS & THAT

On Friday, former Florida point guard Nick Calathes, a backup guard with the Memphis Grizzlies, was suspended 20 games for violating the NBA’s anti-drug policy. 

According to a release, Calathes tested positive for Tamoxifen, however, lab results showed no traces of testosterone or performance-enhancing drugs. Calathes is set to appeal/fight the suspension. …  According to 247Sports, Florida tops all colleges with the most former players (10) in the 2014 NBA playoffs.

*****UPDATE*****

According to multiple reports, Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah will be named the 2014 NBA Defensive Player of the Year, the most prestigious individual honor ever earned in the NBA by a former Gator. Noah anchored one of the league's top defensive teams, averaging 11.3 rebounds, 1.5 blocks and 1.2 steals. 

Finally, Editor’s note: I understand the Herald blogs haven’t worked properly lately and the higher-ups are aware of the issue. Thanks. Now you all may proceed and spit about how much you don't care about Florida's secondary sports.

Go. 

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This just goes to show what a great school we have as the Flagship University in the great State of Florida.
Not only do we excel in academics as the premier institution in the State but we have a great overall athletic department where our students excel in the "secondary sports" as well as in the big 3.
It's always great to be a Florida Gator.

This just goes to show what a great school we have as the Flagship University in the great State of Florida.
Not only do we excel in academics as the premier institution in the State but we have a great overall athletic department where our students excel in the "secondary sports" as well as in the big 3.
It's always great to be a Florida Gator.

Thanks, Jesse. Good info. Congrats to all the athletes involved. Go Gators!

Nice half title. May be flagship university in gainesville, not the state.excelling in state standards is nothing to brag about. We are one of the dumbest countries thanks to government standards. Nice conference win for quiddage also.

Like the half title you won in '91 you f'ing idiot. Be glad you didn't play Washington that year or your proud 5 MNC would only be 4. Just like when your doors were blown off by an SEC team the following year in '92. Now go ahead and say something stupid like GA Southern or 21-16. There, I beat you to it.

Looks like Norman Bates is off of his meds again.
But hey, he has a really nice Florida room though!

"are the really sports? We are one of the dumbest countries thanks to government standards."
you are really proving your own statement there dumbo. but i'm sorry the usa is not one of the dumbest countries. where are you getting your "facts"?

THE flagship University in the Great State of Florida.
No other comes close.
Read it and weep you jealous creep.

"But hey, he has a really nice Florida room though!"

Too funny


Maybe the fagship but definitely not anything else. A truck stop exit with a run down infrastructure crumbling everyday, more arrest than any other NCAA school in the past 6 years, yea its great to be a floriduh gayturd.

U(nranked) fans = homophobic

They are laughing louder now!

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