Sun Devil Gymnasts Ranked 11th in Preseason Poll

Dec. 2, 2006

The Arizona State women's gymnastics team is ranked 11th in the Preseason Coaches' Poll released Friday by the National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches.

The Sun Devils finished ninth at last year's NCAA Championships. Ashley Kelly and Nicole Harris brought home All-American accolades on bars and beam respectively.

Twelve athletes return to the 2007 squad including Harris. Along with achieving All-American status, Harris finished the season ranked 20th on beam and 26th in the all-around. Senior captain April Boone also returns to the squad after being ranked 17th in the all-around at the end of the season.

The Sun Devils look to face seven of the top-ranked programs in the country, four of which are in the Pacific-10 Conference. The Sun Devils begin their season at No. 8 Sanford on Jan. 18. They return home to take on another ranked Pac-10 foe, No. 5 UCLA on Jan. 26. Along with Stanford and UCLA, the Sun Devils also compete against No. 12 Oregon State (Feb. 2), No. 10 Oklahoma (Feb. 9), No. 16 Arizona (Feb. 23), No. 15 Arkansas (March 16), and No. 2 Utah (March 23).

Top 25:
1. Georgia
2. Utah
3. Florida
4. Alabama
6. Michigan
7. Nebraska
8. Stanford
9. LSU
10. Oklahoma
11. Arizona State
12. Oregon State
13. Iowa State
14. Penn State
15. Arkansas
16. Arizona
17. Denver
18. Missouri
19. North Carolina
20. Auburn
21. Minnesota
T22. Kentucky
T22. Michigan State
24. West Virginia
25. Boise State

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