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Every School Except for Stanford. Even though Virginia and Vanderbilt are still duking it out for the baseball national championship, those schools won’t make a difference in the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup. Only Stanford placed higher than Florida as the Cardinal won their 20th straight Directors’ Cup.
UF Places Second in NACDA Director’s Cup. As stated above, Florida took home second in the Learfield Sports NACDA Directors’ Cup for the third straight year. It also marks the six consecutive year UF’s placed in the top four. The Directors’ Cup takes into account all sports – men’s and women’s – to compile points. Stanford won with 1482.00 points followed by Florida (1216.50), and Notre Dame (1128.25). Twelve top-10 finishes, including two national championships, fueled the Gators to the second-place finish. (GatorZone)
Marquis Dendy and Dedric Dukes Semifinalists for The Bowerman Award. Marquis Dendy
and Dedric Dukes are two of 10 semifinalists for The Bowerman Award, track & field’s version of the Heisman. Dendy won the national title for the long jump and triple jump and Dukes took home the 200m and 4X1 crowns earlier this month at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. (GatorZone)
Billy Donovan and Team USA Advance in FIBA Americas. Billy Donovan and Team USA are once again dominating at the FIBA Americas, winning the three group stage games by an average score of 124.6-56.0. The U.S. beat the Dominican Republic 90-56 in the semifinals to advance to the finals to play Canada. Donovan’s career record as head coach of Team USA is 18-0. (USA Basketball)
Karsten Whitson Signs with the Red Sox. Three years after passing up a major league contract, Karsten Whitson signed with the Boston Red Sox after he was chosen in the 11th round (344th overall). The San Diego Padres chose Whitson with the 9th overall pick of the 2010 MLB Draft, but he decided to go to Florida instead. After a stellar freshman season, he missed the entire 2013 season with a shoulder injury. Over his career with the Gators, Whitson compiled a 13-2 record with a 2.95 ERA. (GatorZone)
Michelle Moultrie and Kelsey Stewart Named to USA Softball National Team. After an impressive showing in the USA Softball Women’s National Team Selection Camp, UF alums Michelle Moultrie and Kesley Stewart were both named to the USA Softball National Team. Moultrie and Stewart will have an active summer, playing in the World Cup of Softball (July 7-12) and the ISF Women’s World Championship (August 12-24), as well as exhibition games. The pair of Gators make up two of 17 roster spots on Team USA. (GatorZone)