As the week wanes we get closer to the end of June, which brings a wild month of July behind. While things are still relatively quiet around the Gator Nation, the excitement continues to build as the Tokyo Olympics quickly approach with representatives from the Orange and Blue lining up for international athletic immortality. Meanwhile, various programs are making their offseason moves, including recruitment and schedule releases. Here is a look at the latest from around the Swamp.
https://twitter.com/GatorsSwimDv/status/1407857448061313025 The men's swimming and diving team have another one of its own headed for Tokyo next month after Alfonso Mestre crushed the minimum qualification time (7:54.31) in the 800-meter freestyle swimming a 7:50.81. The current Gator will represent his home country of Venezuela in this year's Olympic Games.
https://twitter.com/GatorsBB/status/1407769616361824256 The baseball team also go some good news heading into the Olympic season when USA Baseball announced in a release on Wednesday afternoon that Gators head coach Kevin O'Sullivan will be serving as the team's pitching coach in Tokyo. He joins joining Florida pitchers Hunter Barco and Brandon Sproat in the Stars and Stripes.
https://twitter.com/GatorsWTN/status/1408061707553894403 The women's tennis team added another student-athlete on Thursday morning when head coach Roland Thornqvist announced the signing of transfer Carly Briggs to the Gators' 2021 class. Formerly with the Tennessee Volunteers, Briggs finished the 2021 campaign ranked within the top 100 nationally in singles and doubles.
https://twitter.com/GatorsVB/status/1408062432962965510 The volleyball team released its schedule for the 2021 fall campaign, which includes 14 matches in Exactech Arena at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center.
Around the Swamp
This Gators cornerback slips a little in a recent Sports Illustrated mock draft: With the Cowboys, Elam would be in a situation allowing for him to quickly find playing time if he proves himself worthy.
Florida football could target this recent Colorado decommit: The news may be of interest to the Gators’ recruiting staff, who have been involved with Madden Jr. during his recruiting process.
Could Malik Davis have a future as a slot receiver?: Catching the ball out of the backfield wasn’t a very big part of Davis’ game in his first three seasons.
CBS Sports' Sallee projects Florida's record in 2021: CBS Sports’ Barrett Sallee gives a projection for UF that would technically be an improvement on paper but would likely be considered disappointing.
Florida will play Oklahoma State in SEC/Big 12 Challenge: In the previous eight challenges, Florida has faced five top-25 opponents.
Pete Alonso will attempt to defend 2019 Home Run Derby crown: The Polar Bear, as he is affectionately called, will have some stiff competition this year including two-way Los Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani.
It's great to be a Florida Gator!