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Utah gymnastics: Utes ranked No. 6 in preseason poll

Published December 12, 2013 4:13 pm

College gymnastics • Florida ranked No. 1, Alabama 2, Oklahoma 3
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Utah's gymnastics team was one of the eight Pac-12 teams in the preseason coaches' poll released Thursday, with the Utes checking in at No. 6.

Defending champion Florida is ranked No. 1 followed by Alabama, Oklahoma, UCLA, LSU and Utah. Rounding out the Top 10 were Michigan at No. 7, followed by Georgia, Stanford and Nebraska.

Pac-12 foe Oregon State was No. 12 while Arizona was No. 17, Washington was No. 20, Cal was No. 22 and ASU was No. 25.

The Utes failed to make the Super Six last year and finished ninth, but the return of Corrie Lothrop and Kailah Delaney, who were injured last year, plus other key returners helped the Utes earn the preseason ranking.

"Our gymnasts have such high expectations this season that I'm sure they are anxious to prove they are better than predicted," Utah coach Greg Marsden said. "But I think our ranking is as good as we can expect given our finish last year."

Utah holds its Red Rocks Preview Friday at 7 p.m. at the Huntsman Center. —

NCAA gymnastics top 25

Rank Team Votes

No. 1 Florida 755

No. 2 Alabama 739

No. 3 Oklahoma 728

No. 4 UCLA 648

No. 5 LSU 636

No. 6 Utah 596

No. 7 Michigan 570

No. 8 Georgia 552

No. 9 Stanford 508

No. 10 Nebraska 472

No. 11 Arkansas 440

No. 12 Oregon St. 438

No. 13 Auburn 426

No. 14 Minnesota 360

No. 15 Penn St. 251

No. 16 Illinois 236

No. 17 Arizona 224

No. 18 Denver 220

No. 19 Ohio St. 209

No. 20 Washington 201

No. 21 Kentucky 198

No. 22 California 152

No. 23 Boise St. 135

No. 24 Maryland 103

No. 25 ASU 74