UCLA, Utah picked to finish 1-2 in Pac-12 gymnastics coaches’ poll

(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) The fourth-ranked Utes compete against No. 9 California, No. 16 Auburn, No. 21 Brigham Young, Stanford and Southern Utah, during the the NCAA Regional Championships, Saturday, April 7, 2018 at the Huntsman Center. The top two teams advance to the NCAA Championships April 20-21 in St. Louis. Saturday, April 7, 2018,

The competition for the Pac-12 Gymnastics Championship looks like a familiar one as UCLA and Utah were picked to finish first and second, respectively, in the preseason coaches’ poll announced Tuesday.

UCLA, which won the title in 2018 as well as 2012 and 2016, earned 49 points while the Utes, who won the crown in 2017, 2015 and 2014, had 42 points. The Bruins had seven first-place votes and Utah had the other one.

California (36) was picked third followed by Oregon State (30), Washington (27), Stanford (17), Arizona State (16) and Arizona (seven).

The Utes host Penn State on Jan. 5 in the season opener and face their first Pac-12 opponent when Oregon State visits Jan. 19.

Utah hosts UCLA on Feb. 23.

The Bruins are also ranked first in the national preseason poll. The Utes are fifth. Other Pac-12 teams nationally ranked at California (No. 8), Washington (No. 15), Oregon State (No. 17), Arizona State (No. 20) and Stanford (No. 21).


First-place votes in parenthesis

Team                            Pts.

1. UCLA (7)                     49

2. Utah (1)                     42

3. California                   36

4. Oregon State            30

5. Washington               27

6. Stanford                     17

7. Arizona State            16

8. Arizona                       7