Utah voted preseason favorite in Pac-12 gymnastics coaches' poll

SAN FRANCISCO – In a poll taken by the Conference’s eight women’s gymnastics, UTAH was voted the preseason favorite to win the 2016 Pac-12 regular season, the Conference announced today.  

Utah received 49 points and six first-place votes. The Utes were also voted fourth in the national preseason coaches’ poll where they received 14 first-place votes. Utah holds the top spot in the preseason Pac-12 coaches’ poll for the second year in a row after UCLA had dominated the No. 1 spot for three years before that. This season, Utah will be looking to capture its third Pac-12 championship in a row, following their back-to-back championship seasons in 2014 and 2015. 

UCLA came in second in the Pac-12 poll, tallying 41 points. Additionally, the Bruins are ranked sixth in the national preseason coaches’ poll. STANFORD sits in third place in the Pac-12 with 39 points in the poll, and received one first-place vote. The Cardinal are one of three Pac-12 squads ranked in the national top ten, coming in at No. 8. 

OREGON STATE came in fourth place in the Pac-12 coaches’ poll with 30 points. Rounding out the poll were CALIFORNIA, ARIZONA, WASHINGTON, and ARIZONA STATE with 24, 21, 13, and 7 points respectively. 

Six of eight Pac-12 teams are ranked in the top 25 nationally heading into the 2016 season. No. 12 Oregon State and No. 14 California join Utah, UCLA, and Stanford in the top 15. Arizona, Washington, and Arizona State are ranked 18th, 30th, and 36th respectively. 

The 2016 season is set to begin on Friday, Jan. 8. Pac-12 gymnastics will be featured on Pac-12 Networks throughout the season, including the 2016 Pac-12 Championship to take place on March 19, 2016 in Seattle. Visit www.pac-12.com for a full schedule of televised Pac-12 events.

PAC-12 PRESEASON COACHES’ POLL
1.    Utah (6)                49
2.    UCLA                    41
3.    Stanford (1)           39
4.    Oregon State         30
5.    California               24
6.    Arizona                  21
7.    Washington           13
8.    Arizona State          7

PAC-12 IN THE NATIONAL PRESEASON COACHES’ POLL
4. Utah (14)                2171
6. UCLA                     1922
8. Stanford                 1863
12. Oregon State        1491
14. California              1411
18. Arizona                 1178
30. Washington            510
36. Arizona State         206

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