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Womens Gymnastics Ranked No. 11 In Preseason Coaches Poll
December 03, 2004

NORMAN, Okla.-- The Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team, coming off an 20-11 season, was voted No. 11 in the GymInfo Coaches’ preseason top-25 poll. All four teams from the Big 12 made the list, as Nebraska was No. 10, Iowa State No. 14 and Missouri rounded things off at No. 22.

UCLA was voted No. 1 for the fifth consecutive year, receiving 15 first place votes followed by Georgia (three first place votes), Stanford (four first place votes), Alabama (one first place vote) and Utah (two first place votes).

“We are honored to be voted by our peers to be considered one of the top 12 teams in the nation,” said Oklahoma head coach Steve Nunno. “I believe that this is the highest preseason ranking we have ever received here at the University of Oklahoma. Although our team believes that we can better our eleventh place finish from last season, we’re proud to be ranked among the nation’s best.”

Last season, OU put together one of its most productive seasons by winning its first Big 12 Championship and first regional championship. OU went on to finish eleventh at the NCAA Championships.  Nunno’s 2005 team will feature nine letterwinners (two All-Americans) from last year’s team that made the program’s fourth appearance at the NCAA Championships.  In addition, eight newcomers join OU’s team hoping to make an immediate impact and help the Sooners defend their Big 12 title.

OU will compete against seven teams ranked in the preseason poll in 2005 (three in the top 10) and it will open up the season in Cancun, Mexico against Brigham Young, George Washington and Gustavus Adolphus College (Division III) on January 7. The first home meet for OU is on Jan. 21 against Kent State inside the Lloyd Noble Center.

The following is a complete list of the top-25 as selected in the preseason by the coaches:

1.   UCLA
2.   Georgia
3.   Stanford
4.   Alabama
5.   Utah
6.   Florida
7.   Michigan
8.   LSU
9.   Arizona State
10. Nebraska
11. OKLAHOMA
12. Oregon State
13. Arizona
14. Iowa State
15. North Carolina
16. Auburn
17. Iowa
18. Brigham Young
19. Penn State
20. Denver
21. Washington
22. Missouri
23. West Virginia
24. Arkansas
25. California

OU's 2005 Schedule

Date Time Opponent Location
Jan. 7 8 p.m. Cancun Classic Cancun, Mexico
Jan. 15 7 p.m. at T.W.U. Denton, Texas
Jan. 21 7 p.m. vs. Kent State

Norman, Okla. (LNC)

Jan. 29 7 p.m. at Ohio State Columbus, Ohio
Feb. 5 7 p.m. at Nebraska Lincoln, Neb.
Feb. 13 4 p.m. vs. Georgia Oklahoma City (Cox)
Feb. 18 7 p.m. at Auburn Auburn, Ala.
Feb. 20 2 p.m. vs. Missouri, T.W.U. Norman, Okla. (LNC)
Feb. 25 7 p.m. at Iowa State Ames, Iowa
March 5 7 p.m. T.W.U., Centenary Norman, Okla. (LNC)
March 11 7 p.m. Louisiana State Tulsa, Okla.
March 18 7 p.m. at Southern Utah Cedar City, Utah
March 26 7 p.m. Big 12 Champ. Norman, Okla. (LNC)

*all times local and subject to change.

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