UF gymnastics team No. 3 in preseason poll


Published: Wednesday, December 1, 2010 at 11:13 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, December 1, 2010 at 11:13 a.m.

The Florida gymnastics team is ranked No. 3 in the 2011 preseason poll released Wednesday by GymInfo.

Facts

GymInfo preseason coaches poll

Rank Team Points 1st Place Votes
1 UCLA 1035 32
2 Alabama* 950 3
3 Florida 948 3
4 Oklahoma 881 2
5 Utah* 853 1
6 Stanford 818 1
7 Georgia* 749
8 Oregon State 702
9 Michigan 696
10 Nebraska* 691
11 Arkansas* 648
12 LSU* 647
13 Missouri 479
14 Penn State* 456
15 Auburn* 415
16 Denver 361
17 Illinois-Champaign 333
18 Boise State 311
19 Arizona 274
20 Southern Utah 195
21 Washington 191
22 Iowa State 114
23 Minnesota 109
24 Kentucky* 102
25 Arizona State 100
* — denotes 2011 UF opponent

It's the fifth consecutive year Florida appears among the top four teams in the preseason poll (2007: 3rd; 2008: 2nd, 2009: 3rd; 2010: 4th). Florida has ranked among the preseason top 10 each year since the poll’s inception in 1992.

Defending NCAA champion UCLA holds the top spot with 32 first-place votes. Rounding out thetop five are No. 2 Alabama, No. 3 Florida, No. 4 Oklahoma and No. 5 Utah.

Nine opponents Florida will face in the 2011 dual meet season appear in the poll, including four in the top 10. The Gators open the season Jan. 7 with a home dual meet vs. No. 10 Nebraska.

Each of Florida’s five home meets includes a team that appears among the top 25.

In 2010, the Gator gymnastics team claimed the Southeastern Conference championship, won the program’s sixth consecutive NCAA regional title and took fifth in the NCAA Super Six team final.

The Gators return five gymnasts who own a total of 13 All-America honors.

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