Gymnastics Team Ranked 18th In Pre-Season Poll

Dec. 8, 2005

Seattle - The Washington gymnastics team is ranked 18th in the 2006 GymInfo Pre-Season Coaches Poll. Georgia, the defending NCAA Champions, is ranked No. 1, followed by Utah, UCLA, Alabama and Michigan.

Six Pac-10 teams are ranked in the top 25. Besides UCLA at No. 3, Stanford is ninth, Oregon State No. 13, Arizona State No. 14, and Arizona is ranked No. 17.

The Huskies finished the 2005 season with a 16-13 record and ranked 15th in the last GymInfo Rankings. The Huskies will have seven letterwinners from last year's squad competing in 2006 and will welcome six newcomers.

Washington begins its 2006 campaign at the Hawaiian Classic on Jan. 3 in Oahu, Hawai'i. Besides Washington, expected to compete at the meet are UCLA, Oregon State, California, 20th-ranked Arkansas and Sacramento State.

The Huskies begin their 2006 home schedule by welcoming No. 2 Utah to Bank of America Arena on Jan. 13. All home meets will be video streamed live on gohuskies.com throughout the season, available only to premium content subscribers.

2006 Women's Pre-Season Coaches Poll

Rank Team Points 1st Place Votes 1 Georgia 603 15 2 Utah 586 5 3 UCLA 579 3 4 Alabama 532 2 5 Michigan 492 6 Florida 470 7 Louisiana State 443 8 Nebraska 424 9 Stanford 417 10 Oklahoma 383 11 Iowa State 359 12 Penn State 341 13 Oregon State 331 14 Arizona State 293 15 Auburn 213 16 Missouri 208 17 Arizona 188 18 Washington 185 19 Brigham Young 180 20 Arkansas 171 21 Denver 144 22 North Carolina 99 23 Kentucky 88 24 Minnesota 76 25 New Hampshire 50

Other team receiving votes:Central Michigan, California, West Virginia, Boise State, Utah State,Illinois, Iowa, North Carolina State, Southern Utah, Michigan State,Maryland, Fullerton, Ohio State, Illinois-Chicago, Pittsburgh,Sacramento State, San Jose

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