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Sooners Tabbed Ninth in Preseason Coaches Poll
November 19, 2009

Nov. 19, 2009

NORMAN, Okla. – The back-to-back Big 12 Champion OU women’s gymnastics squad debuted at No. 9 in the GymInfo preseason coaches poll released this week, the highest ranking of any conference squad.

The Sooners return 11 members from last season’s group that clinched OU’s second straight conference title and advanced to the NCAA Championships for the sixth consecutive year.  Oklahoma is one of just six squads to advance to the NCAA Championships every year since 2004, joining Alabama, Florida, Georgia, LSU and Utah.

OU’s 2010 preseason ranking is a spot higher than last season when the Sooners opened the season ranked 10th. 
Nebraska (15th) and Missouri (16th) and Iowa State (23rd) rounded out the Big 12 squads in the preseason poll. 

Georgia, winner of the last five national titles, opens the 2010 season as the nation’s top team under first-year head coach Jay Clark.  The Gym Dogs earned 13 of a possible 31 first-place votes and accumulated 21 more total points than No. 2 Utah (six first-place votes).  Alabama (eight first-place votes), Florida (two first-place votes) and UCLA (two first-place votes) round out the top five.

Nebraska (11th) and Missouri (19th) were the only other Big 12 squads ranked in the preseason poll.

OU’s regular season schedule features regular season events against nine teams ranked in the preseason GymInfo top-25 poll and commences Jan. 8 at home against Florida, a Super Six qualifier at last year's NCAA Championships.

RankTeam

Points

1st Place Votes
1 Georgia 739 13
2 Utah 718 6
3 Alabama 680 8
4 Florida 676 2
5 UCLA 632 2
6 LSU 576  
7 Stanford 563  
8 Arkansas 537  
9 Oklahoma 516  
10 Oregon State 503  
11 Penn State 493  
12 Michigan 421  
13 Illinois 369  
14 Auburn 365  
15 Nebraska 365  
16 Missouri 349  
17 Denver 215  
18 Ohio State 200  
19 Boise State 194  
20 Arizona 169  
21 West Virginia 122  
22 Minnesota 120  
23 Iowa State 107  
24 Michigan State 76  
25 Washington 64  

Other team receiving votes:
Kent State, Kentucky, Arizona State, Iowa, NC State, North Carolina, Central Michigan, Southern Utah, Western Michigan, BYU, New Hampshire, San Jose State, UIC

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