2012 Women's Gymnastics Set To Kick Off

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2012 Preseason Coaches Poll
Rank School Points 1st Pl Votes
1 UCLA 932 8
2 Alabama 926 17
3 Florida 903 8
4 Oklahoma 879 2
5 UTAH 806 1
6 Nebraska 741  
8 STANFORD 702 1
9 Georgia 687  
10 Michigan 641 2
11 Arkansas 617  
12 LSU 539  
13 Penn State 496  
14 Boise State 449  
15 Illinois-Champaign 371  
17 Auburn 324  
18 Ohio State 246  
19 Arizona 233  
20 Denver 214  
21 Kent State 202  
22 Minnesota 154  
23 Kentucky 144  
24 Iowa State 122  
25 Iowa 120  

The 2012 women's gymnastics season begins with four meets set to take place on Friday, January 6 in what is expected to be an exciting year. The Conference welcomes the University of UTAH to a very competitive league that will  begin the season with six teams ranked in the national top 25 - No. 1 UCLA, No. 5 UTAH, No. 7 OREGON STATE, No. 8 STANFORD, No. 16 WASHINGTON, and No. 19 ARIZONA. Opening week will play host to a number of major match ups highlighted by a top 5 showdown with No. 5 UTAH at No. 1 UCLA.

Upcoming Schedule

Friday, January 6
No. 16 WASHINGTON at Michigan State, 6:30 p.m.
No. 19 ARIZONA at Cancun Classic, 7 p.m.
UC Davis at ARIZONA STATE, 7 p.m.
CALIFORNIA at Sacramento STATE, 7 p.m.

Sunday, January 8
No. 5 UTAH at No. 1 UCLA, 2 p.m.

All times are local to site
Rankings from 2012 Preseason Coaches Poll provided by troester.com

Team Previews

ARIZONA: The Wildcats, fresh off of their 25th consecutive trip to the NCAA's in 2011, look to have a strong campaign in 2012. Arizona will be led by All-Pac-10 performers Deanna Graham, Aubree Cristello, and Katie Matusik.

ARIZONA STATE: Finally healthy, Arizona State looks to have a strong 2012 season. The Sun Devils will rely heavily on the talents of NCAA regional qualifiers Madison Snowden and Beate Jones to lead a very competitive squad.

CALIFORNIA: In her first year at the helm of the Golden Bear program, Danna Durante will lead a veteran Cal squad that returns all but one gymnast from last season. The Golden Bears welcome back junior all conference performer Madisyn O'Brien.

OREGON STATE: Oregon State looks to defend its Conference crown in 2012 behind the leadership of reigning Coach of the Year, Tanya Chaplin. The Beavers also boast a  bevy of talent that includes the 2011 Pac-10 Gymnast of the Year and All-American, Leslie Mak. She will be aided by fellow All-Americans Makayla Stambaugh and Olivia Vivian to lead a young, but talented, Beaver squad.

STANFORD: Looking to build off another strong season in 2011, The Stanford Cardinal return a team that has high hopes for the 2012 campain. Led by All-Pac-10 Gymnasts Alyssa Brown, Ashley Morgan, and Nicole Pechanec, Stanford looks to continue their success under head coach Kristen Smyth. The Cardinal have made appearances in the NCAA Super Six finals five times in the past nine years.

UCLA: The Bruins look to build upon a season in which they finished in second place at the NCAA Championships in Cleveland, OH. UCLA returns eight All-Americans - NCAA beam champion Samantha Peszek, 2010 NCAA vault champion Vanessa Zamarripa, 2011 Freshman of the Year Olivia Courtney, Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs, Aisha Gerber, Monique De La Torre, Tauny Frattone, and Sydney Sawa. The Bruins will also look for contributions from a talented freshman class that includes 2010 U.S. floor exercise champion and World Championships silver medalist Mattie Larson, and U.S. national team member Cassie Whitcomb.    

UTAH: The 2012 season will be Utah's first in the highly competitive Pac-12 Conference. The Utes will look to improve upon a strong showing at the 2011 NCAA Championships where they took fifth place. Utah boast a youthful and talented group that features four All-Americans - Mary Beth Lofgren, Corrie Lothrop, Stephanie McAllister and Kyndal Robarts. The Utes will also host the inaugural Pac-12 Women's Gymnastics Championships on March 24.

WASHINGTON: Washington enters the 2012 campaign hoping to improve upon their 2011 season in which they advanced to the NCAA Regional Championships. The Huskies will be lead by All-Pac-10 Gymnasts Amanda Cline and Ruby Engreitz in what is expected to be a highly competitive Pac-12 Conference.

Returning 2011 All-Americans

Sam Peszek, UCLA
Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs, UCLA
Tauny Frattone, UCLA
Olivia Courtney, UCLA
Stephanie McAllister, Utah*

Balance Beam
Leslie Mak, Oregon State*
Sam Peszek, UCLA*
Aisha Gerber, UCLA*
Mary Beth Lofgren, Utah*
Corrie Lothrop, Utah

Leslie Mak, Oregon State*
Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs, UCLA*
Stephanie McAllister, Utah
Corrie Lothrop, Utah

Uneven Bars
Makayla Stambaugh, Oregon State*
Olivia Vivian, Oregon State*
Monique De La Torre, UCLA*
Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs, UCLA*

Floor Exercise
Makayla Stambaugh, Oregon State*
Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs, UCLA
Sydney Sawa, UCLA
Olivia Courtney, UCLA

*First Team All-American

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