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FSU 2017-18 Athletic Year in Review: Noles Notch Top 25 Finish in 14 Sports

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For nearly a month, the 2017-18 athletic year for Florida State has been a thing of the past.

The Seminoles recently finished ninth in the Learfield Directors’ Cup, which comes as no surprise. It is the highest finish since a No. 5 finish in 2011-12.

The school’s signature sport, football, endured a disappointing campaign. Of 20 sports however, 14 FSU programs finished in the top 25 of the final polls or in the NCAA Championships. Here’s a look at each of them:

That slate of finishes included six programs that finished in the top 15, three in the top 10, two in the top 5 and one national champion. That, of course, was FSU softball which topped Washington to win its first national championship last month.

The six programs to finish outside of the top 25 were football, men’s and women’s cross country, women’s swimming and diving, women’s indoor track and field and volleyball. While FSU softball captured its first national championship as a fastpitch program, FSU beach volleyball narrowly missed duplicating the feat by falling to UCLA in the national championship dual.

FSU men’s hoops reached the Elite Eight for the first time in 25 years and women’s tennis reached that stage for the first time ever. The men’s tennis program set a new school-record with 28 wins.

In addition to beach volleyball’s CCSA title, the Seminoles captured ACC crowns in softball, baseball, men’s and women’s indoor track and field and men’s outdoor track and field. For sports where win/loss records are kept, only the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams had losing records.

Mike Ferguson is the editor of The Daily Nole. Follow Mike on Twitter @MikeWFerguson

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