Dec. 17, 2007
NORMAN, Okla. - The University of Oklahoma women's gymnastics team is ranked eighth in the preseason GymInfo Coaches Poll released Monday, the second-highest ranking of any Big 12 team.
The Sooners return All-Americans Kiara Redmond-Sturms and Stephanie LoPiccolo from a Sooner squad that finished eighth last season at the NCAA Championships under first-year head coach K.J. Kindler, marking a program-best.
OU returns 11 letterwinners from last season's squad that went 20-8 and finished second in the Big 12.
"It is an honor to be positioned in the top 10 nationally," said second-year head coach K.J. Kindler.
Georgia, winner of the last three national titles, opens the 2008 season as the nation's top team, while Florida debuts at No. 2., receiving a lone first-place vote. Utah (three first-place votes), UCLA and Stanford (one first-place vote) round out the top five.
The Sooners' schedule features events against seven teams ranked in the preseason top-25 poll and commences Jan. 4 in Cancun, Mexico at the eight-team Cancun Classic.