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Does Florida softball winning SEC Tournament mean Gators will make WCWS? Recent history suggest so

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Could Florida softball's win in the SEC tournament be a good omen for the upcoming

The Gators have qualified for the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City each of the previous five times they have won the In fact, since the SEC started playing softball conference games in 1997, 16 of the 26 tournament champions coming into this season have advanced to the WCWS.

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Since the 2015 season, just two teams have not made it to the WCWS after winning the SEC tournament, including Florida in 2018 and 2019. Tennessee made the World Series last year after winning the tournament. Interestingly, Alabama is the only SEC program to win the World Series and the SEC Tournament in the same season, with the Crimson Tide beating Oklahoma in the 2012 WCWS.

Florida ֱ the only other national champion in the SEC ֱ won back-to-back championships in 2014 and 2015 in seasons in which they did not win the SEC Tournament. The Gators did win the regular season titles both years.

Here's what you need to know about how winning the SEC tournament championship correlates to an appearance in the Women's College World Series:

Most SEC softball tournament titles

Florida tied Alabama with the most SEC Tournament championships with their victory over Missouri. The Tigers have not won one yet. The Gators' championship was their first since 2019 while the last one for the Crimson Tide was in 2021.

The first SEC tournament was played in 1997 with South Carolina sweeping the regular season and postseason titles.

  • T1. Florida ֱ 6
  • T1. Alabama ֱ 6
  • 3. LSU ֱ 5
  • 4. Tennessee ֱ 3
  • T5. South Carolina ֱ 2
  • T5. Auburn ֱ 2
  • T7. Arkansas ֱ 1ֱ
  • T7. Ole Miss ֱ 1
  • T7. Georgia ֱ 1

SEC Tournament title and WCWS appearance by season

  • 2024 ֱ Florida, TBD
  • 2023 ֱ Tennessee, qualified for WCWS
  • 2022 ֱ Arkansas, did not qualify
  • 2021 ֱ Alabama, qualified
  • 2020 ֱ no season
  • 2019 ֱ Florida, qualified
  • 2018 ֱ Florida, qualified
  • 2017 ֱ Ole Miss, did not qualify
  • 2016 ֱ Auburn, qualified
  • 2015 ֱ Auburn, qualified
  • 2014 ֱ Georgia, did not qualify
  • 2013 ֱ Florida, qualified
  • 2012 ֱ Alabama, qualified
  • 2011 ֱ Tennessee, did not qualify
  • 2010 ֱ Alabama, did not qualify
  • 2009 ֱ Florida, qualified
  • 2008 ֱ Florida, qualified
  • 2007 ֱ LSU, did not qualify
  • 2006 ֱ Tennessee, qualified
  • 2005 ֱ Alabama, qualified
  • 2004 ֱ LSU, qualified
  • 2003 ֱ Alabama, qualified
  • 2002 ֱ LSU, did not qualify
  • 2001 ֱ LSU qualified
  • 2000 ֱ South Carolina, did not qualify
  • 1999 ֱ LSU, did not qualify
  • 1998 ֱ Alabama, did not qualify
  • 1997 ֱ South Carolina, qualified