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The defending NCAA champion Gators open the 2014 season No. 1 on the GymInfo preseason poll released today.

Thursday December 12, 2013Defending NCAA champion Florida gymnasts top 2014 GymInfo Preseason Poll

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The defending NCAA champion Gators open the 2014 season No. 1 on the GymInfo preseason poll released today.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. –Defending NCAA champion Florida tops the 2014 preseason poll released by GymInfo this morning. This is first time the Gator gymnasts open a season at No. 1 since the poll’s inception in 1992.

Florida has appeared among the preseason top four teams each of the last eight years (2007: 3rd; 2008: 2nd; 2009: 3rd; 2010: 4th; 2011: 3rd; 2012: 3rd, 2013: 3rd).

The five leading the preseason poll also finished among the top five in the 2013 NCAA Super Six team final. Alabama holds the No. 2 position on the preseason poll and 2013 NCAA runner-up Oklahoma is No. 3 on the list released today. Rounding out the top five on the GymInfo preseason list is No. 4 UCLA and No. 5 LSU.

Florida faces eight opponents in the poll, including five in the preseason top eight. Four of Florida’s home dates feature an opponent among the preseason top 12 – No. 3 Oklahoma on Jan. 31, No. 5 LSU for the Feb. 21 Gators Link to Pink meet, No. 8 Georgia on Jan. 24 and No. 11 Arkansas on Feb. 14.

In 2013, the Gator gymnastics team claimed their first NCAA Championship and also won both Southeastern Conference and NCAA Regional team titles. Four Gator All-Americans return this season, including the last two NCAA all-around champions – sophomore Bridget Sloan and junior Kytra Hunter. Also returning are 2013 NCAA uneven bars champion Alaina Johnson and 2013 NCAA uneven bars and balance beam finalist Mackenzie Caquatto.

Season tickets for the 2014 Gator Gymnastics campaign are now available for the low price of $25.00. Find more information at the Gator Ticket Office link or by calling the Gator Ticket Office at 1-800-34-GATOR from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The home season opens Friday, Jan. 24 when the Gators play host to preseason No. 8 Georgia in the Stephen C. O’Connell Center at 7 p.m.

                                                                                      

GymInfo – 2014 Women’s Pre-Season Coaches Poll

Rank

Team

Points

First Place Votes

Date with Florida

1

Florida

755

21

 

2

Alabama

739

0

Feb. 28 – away

3

Oklahoma

728

7

Jan. 31 - home

4

UCLA

648

1

Jan. 11 - away

5

L.S.U.

636

0

Feb. 21 - home

6

Utah

596

2

 

7

Michigan

570

0

 

8

Georgia

552

0

Jan. 24 - home

9

Stanford

508

0

 

10

Nebraska

472

0

 

11

Arkansas

440

0

Feb. 14 – home

12

Oregon State

438

0

 

13

Auburn

426

0

Jan. 17 – away

14

Minnesota

360

0

 

15

Penn State

251

0

 

16

Illinois-Champaign

236

0

 

17

Arizona

224

0

 

18

Denver

220

0

 

19

Ohio State

209

0

 

20

Washington

201

0

 

21

Kentucky

198

0

Feb. 7 – away

22

California

152

0

 

23

Boise State

135

0

 

24

Maryland

103

0

 

25

Arizona State

74

0

 

 

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