UGA Women’s Sports: Georgia Wins 2018 Gatehouse SEC Women’s All-Sports Award – Field Street Forum
ATHENS, Ga. — The University of Georgia women’s athletics program has earned the Southeastern Conference All-Sports Award for the 2017-18 academic year according to a point system established by GateHouse Media.
Georgia, with 87.5 points, edged out Florida (84 points), South Carolina (73.5 points), Texas A&M (70 points) and Arkansas (62 points) in the top-5 of the women’s rankings. In addition to winning the women’s all-sports award, Georgia finished second in the overall standings and fourth in the men’s all-sports categories. Florida won the overall sports award with 159 total points, which was just ahead of the Bulldogs’ 145.5 in second place.
GateHouse Media, one of the largest publishers of locally-based media in the United States, determined the final standings by awarding points based on the number of competing teams in a sport (e.g. – 14 teams compete in SEC baseball, giving the winner 14 points, second gets 13, etc. Four teams compete in equestrian, awarding four points to the winner).
It has been an impressive year for Georgia’s women’s teams. The Bulldogs finished second in the conference standings in track and field on the way to the program’s first-ever indoor national championship, while the cross country squad finished second in the league and recorded one of its top finishes in program history at the NCAA meet.
The Georgia equestrian team, under the leadership of 2018 SEC Coach of the Year Meghan Boenig, won the SEC Championship for the second consecutive year and went on to finish No. 2 in the country. In gymnastics, the GymDogs put together a remarkable run for a seventh-place finish (third-best in the SEC) at the 2018 NCAA Championships.
On the court, volleyball completed its largest single-season turnaround in school history after finishing in fifth place in the SEC standings under first-year head coach Tom Black. Women’s basketball put together the second-largest single-season turnaround in Lady Bulldog history with a 26-7 overall record and second place finish in the final SEC regular season standings.
This spring, swimming and diving finished second in the SEC Championships, the women’s golf program took home a third-place finish, while women’s tennis finished fourth in the conference and advanced all the way to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championship.
Currently, the Georgia softball team is in the midst of yet another NCAA Super Regional appearance under 2018 SEC Coach of the Year Lu Harris-Champer. The Bulldogs, who have made 17-straight NCAA Regional appearances, finished second in the SEC and will host Tennessee this weekend in Athens for a chance to move on to the program’s fourth College World Series.
Below are the final 2018 GateHouse Media Women’s All-Sports Standings.
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