The University of Florida athletics program finished fifth in the 2021-22 Learfield Directors’ Cup standings, it was announced Tuesday. Florida’s fifth-place finish marks the program’s 13th consecutive top-five finish in the national all-sports rankings.
The Gators have won a trio of NCAA titles, in addition to 11 top-10 finishes.
“What a season for the Gators! Three NCAA team titles by Gators athletics led 11 top-10 finishes for the Florida program. Finishing fifth in the Directors Cup requires a lot of Gator teams to perform well at nationals,” said UF athletic director Scott Stricklin. “It’s not easy and we salute the effort and preparation of our student-athletes and our coaches. We’ve certainly enjoyed cheering on their performances throughout this season.
Florida is the only NCAA Division I athletics program to finish in the top 10 in each of the past 38 years, and the Gators are one of only two programs to win a national championship. in each of the previous 13 full seasons.
Led by the Florida athletics program, the Gators won three national titles in the 2021-22 season – men’s outdoor and women’s indoor and outdoor. Seventeen Gators have won a school-record 19 NCAA individual titles in 2022, surpassing the previous record of 16 individual titles, set in 1982.
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Aside from the track championships captured by the Gators managed by Mike Holloway, it was a prolific season for UF in multiple sports.
The Florida gymnastics team finished the season ranked second – the program’s only loss coming after Oklahoma rallied from last to first in the national championship in Fort Worth, Texas. Behind 42 All-American honors and three national championships, UF’s men’s swimming and diving program placed third at the NCAA Championships in late March, earning it a third-place finish.
A trio of UF programs – men’s lacrosse, softball and tennis – finished the season ranked 5th in the nation, while women’s tennis and volleyball ranked 9th at the end of their respective campaigns.
The Gators men’s golf team, which finished the season ranked 10th, rounded out the top 10 for UF. Texas won its first Directors’ Cup this season.
2022 NCAA Individual Champions for the Gators
Gymnastics: Trinity Thomas — all-around, uneven bars, floor exercises.
Men’s Swimming: Bobby Finke — 1650m freestyle.
Men’s Swimming: Adam Chaney, Dillon Hillis, Eric Friese, Will Davis — 200 medley relay.
Men’s swimming: Adam Chaney, Eric Friese, Will Davis, Kieran Smith — 200m freestyle relay.
Tennis: Ben Shelton — Singles.
Athletics (indoor): Talitha Diggs — 400 meters, Anna Hall — Pentathlon, Jasmine Moore — long jump and triple jump, Grace Stark — 60 meters hurdles.
Athletics (outdoor) – Joseph Fahnbulleh – 100 meters, 200 meters; Jacory Patterson, Ryan Willie, Jacob Miley, Champion Allison – 4×400 meters relay; Talitha Diggs – 400 meters; Anna Hall – Heptathlon; Jasmine Moore – long jump and triple jump.
2021-22 Learfield Directors Cup standings
4. Ohio State 1184.50
5. Florida 1180.75
6. North Carolina 1087.25
7. Arkansas 967.75*
8. Notre Dame 943.00*
9. Kentucky 979.75
10. Southern California 933.7
* does not include baseball points. The program will receive 73, 78, 83, 90 or 100 points depending on the CWS finish.