UCLA Gymnastics Team Ranked No. 4 In Preseason Coaches Poll

Nov. 21, 2008

The UCLA gymnastics team will open the 2009 season ranked No. 4 in the preseason coaches poll. The Bruins collected four first-place votes, second-most amongst all schools. UCLA finished seventh overall at last year's NCAA Championships.

Head coach Valorie Kondos Field returns two All-Americans in Kristina Comforte and Anna Li, along with All-Pac-10 performer Ariana Berlin and 2008 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year Brittani McCullough. UCLA also welcomes a talented and deep eight-member freshman class, led by 2008 Canadian Olympian Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs, Canadian National Team member Aisha Gerber and three-time Level 10 national all-around champion Vanessa Zamarripa.

UCLA will face nine of the Top 25 teams in the polls this season, including No. 1 Georgia at home on Mar. 8 and No. 2 Utah in the season opener in Salt Lake City on Jan. 9. The Bruins also have road matches against No. 5 Stanford (Feb. 8), No. 9 Oregon State (Feb. 27), and No. 24 Arizona State (Jan. 30). In addition, UCLA has a home-home series with No. 11 Nebraska (Feb. 22 in Nebraska with No. 22 Minnesota and North Carolina State, and Mar. 15 in Los Angeles). No. 18 Arizona visits Pauley Pavilion on Jan. 18, as does No. 19 Boise State on Feb. 15.

The Bruins' first home event of the season will take place this Sunday, Nov. 23 with the annual Meet the Bruins exhibition, held at the John Wooden Center. Admission to the event is free.

2009 Women's Pre-Season Coaches Poll
1. Georgia - 814 points (26 first-place votes)
2. Utah - 770 (2)
3. Florida - 742
4. UCLA - 699 (4)
5. Stanford - 676
6. Alabama - 640
7. LSU - 634
8. Michigan - 579 (1)
9. Oregon State - 526
10. Oklahoma - 525
11. Nebraska - 487
12. Arkansas - 467
13. Penn State - 382
14. Denver - 370
15. Auburn - 323
16. Illinois - 230
17. Michigan State - 228
18. Arizona - 218
19t. Boise State - 216
19t. Missouri - 216
21. Ohio State - 165
22. Minnesota - 135
23. West Virginia - 106
24. Arizona State - 95
25. Kentucky - 84

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