Florida Women Scoreless at NCAAs for the First Time Ever

2017 WOMEN’S NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS

For the first time in program history, the Florida Gators went scoreless at the women’s NCAA Swimming and Diving Championship. A young Gators’ squad of 13 women, including 7 freshmen, traveled to the meet. While they walked away with a handful of top 30 finishers, the Gators were unable to get on the scoreboard throughout the 4-day meet.

Throughout the history of their program, the Gators have never finished lower than 20th at the NCAA Championship meet, which occurred in 1997. They’ve also never scored fewer than 58 points, which came with their 19th place finish at the 2000 NCAA Championships.

At the 2010 NCAA Championships, the Florida Gators, behind legendary collegian Gemma Spofforth, won the NCAA title by 2.5 points over Stanford. In the 7 years since, Florida has dropped to 0 points, while Stanford now stands as the best collegiate program in the country.

Florida’s drop came in stages. In the years after their title win, they hovered around the bottom half of the top 10. They then fell to 19th at the 2016 NCAA Championships last season.

Florida’s finishes at the NCAA Championships Over 10 Years

  • 2007 – 7th, 203 points
  • 2008 – 6th, 277.5 points
  • 2009 – 7th, 239.5 points
  • 2010 – CHAMPIONS, 382 points
  • 2011 – 7th, 226 points
  • 2012 – 10th, 160 points
  • 2013 – 6th, 305 points
  • 2014 – 6th, 239 points
  • 2015 – 9th, 129 points
  • 2016 – 19th, 63.5 points
  • 2017 – NF, 0 points

4 Florida teams that finished higher than the Gators at NCAAs: Florida St., Florida International, Miami, and Florida Gulf Coast.

It’s worth noting that there were several adversities for the Florida women to overcome this season, including not being able to train or compete in their home facility while the Stephen C. O’Connell center was being renovated. They were also in their first season without former Associate Women’s Head Coach Martyn Wilby, who resigned from the position last May. Their roster was heavily made up of underclassmen, who hadn’t yet experienced the grueling schedule and pressure of an SEC or NCAA Championship meet.

But still – with the NCAA Championships coming up next week, the Florida men seem to have thrived in spite of similar challenges.

The Florida roster has struggled to maintain stability from year-to-year. After graduating a senior class of 9 last season, the Gators had just 3 in 2017. Their class of 2018, meanwhile, shrank from 7 to just 4, and their class of 2019. They lost 3 from their class of 2020 as well.

“It’s been a long week,” said head coach Gregg Troy in a press release. “We certainly weren’t as good as what we wanted to be point-wise, but we got a lot of experience as a really young group. I think it’s going to pay off big for them in the future. We’ve just got to go back and reevaluate and see where we are moving forward.”

Head Coach Gregg Troy will now have 3 more years to work with the several freshmen who qualified for the NCAA meet. They’ll return next season with the valuable experience of competing at NCAAs. The team also gets a sure-fire NCAA scorer in Hungarian Liliana Szilagyi, who didn’t compete this year in her freshman season. She was an Olympic finalist in both the 100 and 200 fly and is one of the best junior swimmers anywhere in the world.

For now, however, the focus turns to the men’s meet, which will take place this week back in Indianapolis, where Caeleb Dressel and the Florida men will shoot for a fourth consecutive top-5 finish.

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Attila the Runt

First to worst in seven years. Time for a full-time women’s coach.

Not quite worst–plenty of Div, 1 teams didn’t have anyone compete at the NCAA championships.

Sooo…. tied for worst at zero points? Is that your point?

It’s just a phrase, like “worst to first”, used to illustrate a point of how far they have fallen at NCs. Thanks for the glass half full frame of mind though…

More Parties at FSU please

It’s time coach troy stepped down from Women’s swimming, its clear he has never been able to put a strong women’s team together. He can’t recruit women especially, shame for the Gator program but you can only blame the coach at this point. A young team is a poor excuse

Was he not the coach when they won the championship?

You obviously are an expert. Coach anyone lately?

The problem is athletic budgets. Combined coaching staffs are touted as a financial necessity. If he quits coaching the women then he effectively quits coaching period at FL

Recruit big talents and you will have results. You can’t transform donkeys into racehorses by magic. Hopefully for Florida that Isabel Ivey will go there for example. Morgan Tankersley too. Try to recruit these great local talents. It would be a good boost. In the last few years I have the impression that 90% of the top US juniors go to Stanford or Cal. Why the best US prospects don’t go to Florida anymore? Last star at Florida? Beisel?

I say siimilar…can’t make steak out of hamburger! I think his main problem is that not everyone (especially girls) can handle his in your face style of coaching. That is why the studs aren’t looking at UF.

Speed Racer

True dat. Swimming for UF might be tough if you were not exposed to hard in your face coaching. “To your limits, in your face” coaching is who and what they are and what they always have been.

Stanford and Cal offer a higher quality education and much more prestigious degrees than Florida. That has to be a huge factor for swimmers who excel in the classroom.

I disagree. Take NC State for example, girls coming there could be considered “donkeys,” but they sure do come out as racehorses. Kayla Brumbaum went from a 1:02.5 100 breast in high school to a :58.5 scoring top 8 at NCAA’s. And that is just one example. It’s about the team, coaches, and work effort.

Bobo, I usually agree with your assessments but here you are wrong. To refer to these young women as donkeys is crass and totally out of line. Anyone making NCAAs deserves a little more respect than people seem willing to give. And it takes more than a ‘star’ to succeed. No, there was not a ‘Beisel’ in the group but even with Beisel UF failed to crack the top 5, finishing as low as 10th. That they didn’t score at this meet and some did not have a good meet does not give ANYONE the right to denigrate them.

Seems like the author of this article has some personal bias. In a time where everyone is so sensitive, an article written like this seems solely for the purpose of stirring up controversy. Talent ebbs and flows, Florida may be down now but they will be back

The Grand Inquisitor

Sorry, I respectfully disagree. It’s news and worth noting when a program which has consistently finished in the top 10 suddenly fails to score a single point. Questions need to be asked – what’s changed? Questions also need to be asked about UCLA – how can a a program so consistently under perform relative to their recruiting talent over such a sustained period of time?

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