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Gymnastics to Enter 2007 Ranked No. 16
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 12/02/2006
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Tucson, Ariz. ?- The University of Arizona women’s gymnastics team will begin the 2007 season ranked No. 16 in the nation according to the GymInfo Women’s Coaches Poll, which released its preseason rankings on Friday.

 

“I think it’s a fair ranking for us,” head coach Bill Ryden said. “I would hope that we finish much higher at the end of year and I think we are very capable of that. That is why you have the competitions.”

 

Arizona, which received 314 votes, will face eight opponents ranked in the preseason poll, including Pac-10 foes No. 5 UCLA, No. 8 Stanford, No. 11 Arizona State and No. 12 Oregon State. The Wildcats will also compete against No. 14 Penn State, No. 21 Minnesota, and Kentucky and Michigan State, both of which tied for No. 22.

 

Other teams receiving votes that are on the slate for the Wildcats include Brigham Young, North Carolina State, Washington and California.

 

Arizona returns 12 gymnasts from last year’s squad, which finished No. 13 in the country following a third-place finish at the North Central Region Championships. Last season, Arizona was tabbed as the No. 17 team in country entering the season.

 

The Wildcats have been ranked in the top 20 of every preseason poll since 1998, also finishing in the top 20 in each of those seasons.

 

Arizona will kick off its 2007 season on January 12, at Michigan State.

 

 

Schedule Changes: The start times for two of UA’s meets this season, both away from McKale Center, have been changed from the initial schedule release. The Wildcats’ season opener at Michigan State on Jan. 12 will now begin at 8 p.m. (EST). Also, the start time for the Pac-10 Championships in Tempe, Ariz., on March 31 has been changed to 5 p.m. (MST).

 

 

Arizona in the Polls Since 1998:

 

Year

Preseason Rank

Final Rank

2007

16th

???

2006

17th

13th

2005

13th

t-18th

2004

17th

14th

2003

10th

19th

2002

17th

11th

2001

20th

18th

2000

16th

20th

1999

16th

20th

1998

12th

14th

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Complete GymInfo Preseason Coaches Poll:

 

Rank

Team

Points

First Place Votes

1

Georgia

793

28

2

Utah

758

7

3

Florida

697

 

4

Alabama

684

 

5

UCLA

615

 

6

Michigan

594

 

7

Nebraska

592

 

8

Stanford

583

 

9

LSU

526

 

10

Oklahoma

504

 

11

Arizona State

451

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